Molecular magnetism is an interdisciplinary field, in which chemical synthesis, magnetic analysis and theoretical modeling meet in order to understand the magneto-chemical correlations in this class of materials. The ZiF workshop on 'Functionalized molecule-based magnetic materials' was designed to address fundamental aspects of quantum magnetism such as frustration effects, magnetocalorics, spintronics or magnetic bistability. Single-molecule magnets (SMMs), which exhibit slow paramagnetic relaxation and hysteresis, have been one focus over more than a decade, and still are. But new aspects came into focus in recent years such as quantum coherence with an emphasis on quantum computing or quantum simulation. Our growing understanding is made possible by huge advances both in experimental characterization and manipulation as well as in theoretical modeling.
During the workshop the major research directions were covered by keynote speakers such as Arzhang Ardavan (Oxford) 'Quantum computing', Marco Evangelisti (Zaragoza) 'Magnetocalorics', Wolfgang Wernsdorfer (Grenoble) 'Spintronics' or Stefano Carretta (Parma) 'Quantum simulations'. Experts from three continents contributed with talks and posters to a very vivid workshop program. The contributions focused on interlinking and combining scientific aspects such as group theoretical knowledge on single-molecule magnets and rational design during synthesis or requirements of long quantum coherence times and chemical purification as well as theoretical guidance for applicability.
Speakers were encouraged to discuss the open questions of their field such as the design of isentropes in specific temperature-field regions, the manipulations of the coupling between qubits, the use of metal ions with anisotropic exchange, the magneto-structural correlations, e.g. the design of exchange interactions at will or questions concerning the time evolution in presence of a heat bath as well as the modeling of deposited magnetic molecules.
The workshop run over four days with 35 talks. As a special treat for younger participants and local students two tutorial talks were offered during the last day.
As organizers of the workshop we would like to thank the ZiF for the generous support and the perfect organization of a fabulous workshop from which we all benefitted. During the last day several participants approached me in order to suggest to run such a workshop at the ZiF again in a year since they had never experienced a meeting focused and useful like this one.
Marco Affronte (Modena, ITA), Dirk Andrae (Berlin, GER), Simon Ansbro (Manchester, GBR), Arzhang Ardavan (Oxford, GBR), Guillem Aromi (Barcelona, ESP), Simon Bekemeier (Bielefeld, GER), Claire Besson (Aachen, GER), Marie-Emmanuelle Boulon (Manchester, GBR), Euan Brechin (Edinburgh, GBR), Jan-Philipp Broschinski (Bielefeld, GER), Liviu Chibotaru (Leuven, BEL), Alessandro Chiesa (Parma, ITA), Nick Chilton (Manchester, GBR), Gavin M. Craig (Glasgow, GBR), Michael Czopnik (Bielefeld, GER), Larry Engelhardt (Florence, USA), Ayse Eren (Bielefeld, GER), Marco Evangelisti (Saragossa, ESP), Jesús Ferrando Soria (Manchester, GBR), Elena Garlatti (Parma, ITA), Thorsten Glaser (Bielefeld, GER), Tatiana Guidi (Chilton, GBR), Maren Gysler (Stuttgart, GER), Eva Hängele (Bielefeld, GER), Oliver Hanebaum (Bielefeld, GER), Christian Heesing (Bielefeld, GER), Thomas Hilbig (Bielefeld, GER), Ross Inglis (Edinburgh, GBR), Mark David Jenkins (Saragossa, ESP), Felix Kaiser (Bielefeld, GER), Danielle Kaminski (Oxford, GBR), Henning-Timm Langwald (Bielefeld, GER), Giulia Lorusso (Saragossa, ESP), Eva Lucaccini (Florenz, ITA), Philipp Lutz (Stuttgart, GER), Katie Marriott (Glasgow, GBR), Kirill Monakhov (Aachen, GER), Petr Neugebauer (Stuttgart, GER), Jan Oldengott (Bielefeld, GER), Hiroki Oshiho (Tsukuba, JPN), Mauro Perfetti (Florenz, ITA), Stergios Piligkos (Kopenhagen, DEN), Andrei Postnikov (Metz, FRA), Yvonne Rechkemmer (Stuttgart, GER), Jorge Salinas Uber (Barcelona, ESP), Heinz-Jürgen Schmidt (Osnabrück, GER), Christian Schröder (Bielefeld, GER), Paul Sieverding (Aachen, GER), Lorenzo Sorace (Florenz, ITA), Manfred Speldrich (Aachen, GER), Irina Stockem (Bielefeld, GER), Lisa Teich (Bielefeld, GER), Floriana Tuna (Manchester, GBR), Liviu Ungur (Leuven, BEL), Jan van Leusen (Aachen, GER), Joris van Slageren (Stuttgart, GER), Høgni Weihe (Kopenhagen, DEN), Wolfgang Wernsdorfer (Grenoble, FRA), Jochen Wosnitza (Dresden, GER)