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Molecule properties change through light

Ang.Chem.: Green light affects this chemical compound in a different way than blue light. The molecule is of interest to computer industry as it can be easily controlled.

In the field of computer engineering, magnetically switchable materials play a significant role in data storage. A team from the Cluster of Excellence Ruhr Explores Solvation at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) has developed and manufactured a novel molecule called 3-methoxy-9-fluorenylidene. What’s special about it: its magnetic properties can be controlled through light of different colours. This might be of use for computer industry.

The researchers working with Professor Wolfram Sander at the Chair of Organic Chemistry II outline their findings in the journal “Angewandte Chemie” on 14 August 2019.



Detailed Press Release

Original Publication: Iris Trosien, Enrique Mendez-Vega, Tobias Thomanek, Wolfram Sander: Conformational spin switching and spin selective hydrogenation of a magnetically bistable carbene, in: Angewandte Chemie, 2019, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201906579

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