Star attraction: Magnetism generated by star-like arrangement of molecules: Atomic-scale ‘kagome’ geometry switches on magnetism in a 2D organic material

A 2D nanomaterial consisting of natural molecules linked to metallic atoms in a selected atomic-scale geometry reveals non-trivial digital and magnetic properties as a consequence of sturdy interactions between its electrons.

A brand new research, revealed in the present day, reveals the emergence of magnetism in a 2D natural materials as a consequence of sturdy electron-electron interactions; these interactions are the direct consequence of the fabric’s distinctive, star-like atomic-scale construction.

That is the primary commentary of native magnetic moments rising from interactions between electrons in an atomically skinny 2D natural materials.

The findings have potential for purposes in next-generation electronics primarily based on natural nanomaterials, the place tuning of interactions between electrons can result in an unlimited vary of digital and magnetic phases and properties.


The Monash College research investigated a 2D metal-organic nanomaterial composed of natural molecules organized in a kagome geometry, that’s, following a ‘star-like’ sample.


The 2D metal-organic nanomaterial consists of dicyanoanthracene (DCA) molecules coordinated with copper atoms on a weakly-interacting metallic floor (silver).

Via cautious and atomically exact scanning probe microscopy (SPM) measurements, the researchers discovered that the 2D metal-organic construction — whose molecular and atomic constructing blocks are by themselves non-magnetic — hosts magnetic moments confined at particular places.

Theoretical calculations confirmed that this emergent magnetism is because of sturdy electron-electron Coulomb repulsion given by the particular 2D kagome geometry.

“We predict that this may be essential for the event of future electronics and spintronics applied sciences primarily based on natural supplies, the place tuning of interactions between electrons can result in management over a variety of digital and magnetic properties,” says FLEET CI A/Prof Agustin Schiffrin.


The electrons of 2D supplies with a kagome crystal construction will be topic to sturdy Coulomb interactions as a consequence of harmful wavefunction interference and quantum localisation, resulting in a variety of topological and strongly correlated digital phases.


Such sturdy digital correlations can manifest themselves by way of the emergence of magnetism, and, till now, haven’t been noticed in atomically-thin 2D natural supplies. The latter will be helpful for solid-state applied sciences owing to their tunability and self-assembly functionality.

On this research, magnetism ensuing from sturdy electron-electron Coulomb interactions in a 2D kagome natural materials was revealed by way of the commentary of the Kondo impact.

“The Kondo impact is a many-body phenomenon that happens when magnetic moments are screened by a sea of conduction electrons. For instance, from an underlying metallic,” says lead writer and FLEET member Dr Dhaneesh Kumar. “And this impact will be detected by SPM methods.”

“We noticed the Kondo impact, and from there concluded that the 2D natural materials should host magnetic moments. The query then turned ‘the place does this magnetism come from?'”

Theoretical modelling by Bernard Area and colleagues unambiguously confirmed that this magnetism is the direct consequence of sturdy Coulomb interactions between electrons. These interactions seem solely once we carry the usually non-magnetic components right into a 2D kagome metal-organic framework. These interactions hinder electron pairing, with spins of unpaired electrons giving rise to native magnetic moments.

“Theoretical modelling on this research affords a novel perception into the richness of the interaction between quantum correlations, and the topological and magnetic phases. The research supplies us with a number of hints on how these non-trivial phases will be managed in 2D kagome supplies for potential purposes in path-breaking electronics applied sciences,” says FLEET CI A/Prof Nikhil Medhekar.