Current magnetic materials are made using a 'top-down' approach. However, these magnetic grains cannot continue to decrease in size indefinitely and new magnetic materials must be developed. If the bit size is to decrease further towards a few nanometres, we move into the realm of magnetic molecules and the possibility of information storage and processing at the molecular level. Our research involves the synthesis and characterisation of new molecular magnetic and nanomagnetic materials, with an ever-growing list of potential applications.
2015-2020, EPSRC EP/N01331X/1 (£1.3M) Putting the Squeeze on Molecule-Based Magnets M. Murrie, S. Parsons, S. Moggach, M. Probert, K. V. Kamenev, N. McKeown, E. K. Brechin
2013-2016, EPSRC EP/K033662/1, EP/K033646/1 & EP/K033549/1 (£1.2M) Pressure-Tuning Interactions in Molecule-Based Magnets M. Murrie, S. Parsons, S. Moggach, M. Probert, E. K. Brechin, K. V. Kamenev
2012-2015, EPSRC EP/J018147/1 (£342k) Mapping magnetic anisotropy: rational design of high-blocking temperature nanomagnets M. Murrie
2011-2014, EPSRC EP/I027203/1 (£348k) Atom-by-atom control for the targeted chemical synthesis of heterometallic molecular nanomagnets M. Murrie
2010-2014, EPSRC EP/H024107/1 (£3.1M) Molecular-Metal-Oxide-nanoelectronicS (M-MOS): Achieving the Molecular Limit D. R. S. Cumming, D. J. Paul, G. Cooke, D. A. MacLaren, M. Murrie, A. M. A. Asenov, J. McGrady, L. Cronin
2005-2008, EPSRC EP/D503752/1, EP/D503744/1 (£664k pre-FEC) The effect of high pressure on single-molecule magnets M. Murrie, S. Parsons, A. Harrison, D. R. Allan, E. K. Brechin, K. V. Kamenev
2005-2008, EPSRC EP/C520602/1 (£110k, pre-FEC) Raising the blocking temperature of single-molecule magnets (SMMs) by stepwise self-assembly: towards supra-SMMs M. Murrie