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Conductivity & Magnetism in Molecular Materials (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Molecular Materials: Fundamentals and Emerging Functionality


August 13-14, 2016


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA


Stephen M. Winter & Liya Khadeeva

Meeting Description

This first Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Conductivity and Magnetism in Molecular Materials is designed to support the themes of the associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC). The aim of this GRS is to provide a unique forum for exclusively young scientists at the graduate student, postdoctoral (or comparable) level to share new results and address the challenges of designing, understanding and utilizing organic materials in both fundamental and applied research areas.

As a result of their high tunability and typically low energy scales, molecular systems have emerged not only as an ideal playground for the realization of exotic states and phase transitions in the bulk, but also as functional materials, the properties of which can be specifically designed at the local molecular level. Control is exerted through targeted chemical synthesis, as well as the application of pressure, irradiation, or strong external fields. In this way, nearly all energy scales, such as spin-orbit coupling, orbital splitting, and kinetic/potential energy may be directly modified, allowing optimization of e.g. transport properties, magnetic couplings, and optical response. The significant challenges and opportunities in this field stem from its interdisciplinary nature, with advancements often achieved through close collaboration between synthetic, experimental, and theoretical groups. It is for this reason that a secondary focus of the GRS will be to empower the young participants to build such collaborations, as well as outline the diverse topics to be covered later in the GRC in order to make connections between different areas more apparent.

Topics that will be emphasized mirror those of the associated GRC, and include: molecular spin qubits and quantum information; organic and molecular magnets; single-molecule spintronics devices; organic photovoltaics; quantum electronic materials; organic conductors and superconductors; photo-switchable materials; magnetic/conducting hybrid materials; materials in extreme environments and far from equilibrium; and ultrafast light matter interactions.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Conductivity & Magnetism in Molecular Materials" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmProbing Excitations and Orders
Discussion Leader: Benedikt Hartmann (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany)
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
4:00 pm - 4:10 pmSatoru Sasaki (Tohoku University, Japan)
"Nonequilibrium Charge Dynamics and Phase Separation in the Charge Glass System (BEDT-TTF)2TlZn(SCN)4"
4:10 pm - 4:15 pmDiscussion
4:15 pm - 4:25 pmTakuro Sato (University of Tokyo, Japan)
"Electronic Crystal Growth from a Glass in Organic Conductors"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMolecular Magnetism
Discussion Leader: Joscha Nehrkorn (University of Washington, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:45 pm - 8:05 pmSerhane Zerdane (Institute of Physics, University of Rennes 1, CNRS, France)
"Making Light Induced Excited Spin State Trapping Faster with d-d than MLCT Excitation"
8:05 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:25 pmJovana Milic (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
"Photoredox-Switchable Molecular Grippers: Paramagnetic Intermediates of Six-State Redox Switches"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmDorsa Komijani (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, USA)
"Electro-Nuclear Clock Transitions in a Ho(III) Molecular Nanomagnet"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:10 pmJamie Brambleby (University of Warwick, United Kingdom)
"Mapping of Quantum Fluctuations in a Quasi-Two-Dimensional Spin-Dimer Network"
9:10 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:25 pmNatasha Khatri (Georgetown University, USA)
"Characterization and Surface Organization of Ligand Substituted Mn12 Single Molecule Magnet"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amQuantum Ground States
Discussion Leader: Majed Abdel-Jawad (RIKEN, Japan)
9:00 am - 9:15 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:15 am - 9:35 amAndrej Pustogow (Universität Stuttgart, Germany)
"Optical Spectroscopy on Organic Conductors with Strong Electronic Correlations"
9:35 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 9:55 amNora Hassan (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
"Ground State in Kappa-(BEDT-TTF)2Hg(SCN)2Br Studied by Raman Spectroscopy and Heat Capacity Measurements"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amBenjamin Lenz (University of Goettingen, Germany)
"Mott Quantum Criticality in the Anisotropic 2D Hubbard Model"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:40 amMizuki Urai (University of Tokyo, Japan)
"Mott Transition in the X-Ray-Irradiated Organic Conductor Kappa-(ET)2Cu[N(CN)2]Cl Investigated by Transport and NMR Studies"
10:40 am - 10:45 amDiscussion
10:45 am - 10:55 amTakao Tsumuraya (National Institute for Materials Science, Japan)
"Spin-Orbit Coupling Effect on the Electronic Structure of Molecular Multi-Orbital Systems: A First-Principles Study"
10:55 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: How to Decide the Best Career Path for You?
This session will cover the fundamental questions one must answer to help choose the best career for her or himself.
Discussion Leader: Stephen Winter (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Choosing a Career Path"
  • Thierry Dubroca (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

This material is based upon work supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research under award number FA9550-16-1-0123. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Air Force.
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