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Conductivity and Magnetism in Molecular Materials
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

Molecular materials exhibit a wide range of electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of fundamental interest and practical importance. What distinguishes these compounds from oxides and semiconductor heterostructures is their significantly lower energy scales, flexibility, and tunable characteristics that enable the development of materials with combined and controllable properties. One overarching theme in this field is the chemical control of physical properties, essentially the observation that the electronic, magnetic, and optical response can be dramatically affected by seemingly minor changes in chemical structure. Physical tunability is a second theme that drives research in the field. This is because the intricate intermolecular interactions that establish crystal and electronic structures also render these materials susceptible to temperature-, magnetic field-, and pressure-induced phase transitions. Light can also be used to control electronic properties and their coupling to structure and magnetism. Combined with the development of multifunctional materials with coexisting or interacting components, structure-property investigations in molecular systems are of contemporary interest and may lead to advances in energy, information, and communication technologies with applications such as spintronics, photovoltaics, nanoelectronics, and solid state lighting. The interplay between charge, structure, and magnetism that controls many phenomena in functional materials can be tested and explored most readily in molecular solids where synthetic chemists, experimental physicists, materials scientists, and theoreticians have traditionally come together to solve interdisciplinary problems.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Conductivity and Magnetism in Molecular Materials" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2018 Conductivity and Magnetism in Molecular Materials Aug 12-17 Bryant University Kazushi Kanoda
Michael Shatruk
2016 Conductivity and Magnetism in Molecular Materials
Molecular Materials: Frontiers in Functional Design
Aug 14-19 Mount Holyoke College Stuart Brown
Stephen Hill
2014 Conductivity and Magnetism in Molecular Materials
Understanding and Controlling Emergent Properties
Aug 3-8 Bates College John Schlueter
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