Strangely attractive: Collaboration and feedback in the field of molecular magnetism

Conrad A.P. Goodwin, Fabrizio Ortu, Daniel Reta

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The fluid synergy between experimentalists and theoreticians has, for decades, led to a deeper understanding of the processes that govern single-molecule magnets. This approach has allowed for the establishment of proven design criteria for the control of magnetic properties through molecular architecture and the development of new magnetic measurement techniques and innovative computational methodologies. Here, we give an account of the experimental and theoretical joint endeavor carried out as part of the synthesis group led by David Mills and the computational/theoretical team led by Nicholas Chilton, together with colleagues in synthetic f-element chemistry and magnetism at the University of Manchester. In addition, we provide a personal perspective on collaborative work in molecular magnetism and how such collaborations are essential for advancing the field further.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere26248
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Quantum Chemistry
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2020


  • collaboration between theoreticians and experimentalists
  • dysprosium
  • f-element
  • lanthanide
  • molecular magnetism
  • SMM


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