Researchers have shed light on the origin of the magnetism arising at carbon/non-magnetic 3d,5d metal interfaces
Interfaces are key in solid state and quantum physics, controlling many fundamental properties and enabling emergent interfacial, bi-dimensional like phenomena. Therefore they offer potential opportunities for designing hybrid materials that profit from promising combinatory effects.
In particular, the fine-tuning of spin polarization at metallo–organic interfaces opens a realm of possibilities, from the direct applications in molecular spintronics and thin-film magnetism to biomedical imaging or quantum computing. This interaction at the interface can control the spin polarization in magnetic field sensors, generate magnetization spin-filtering effects in non-magnetic electrodes or even give rise to magnetic ordering when non-magnetic elements such as diamagnetic copper or paramagnetic manganese are put in contact with carbon/fullerenes at such interfaces.