|Post:||Department of Chemistry|
|Memorial University of Newfoundland|
|St. John's, NL A1B 3X7 CANADA|
Inorganic Chemistry, Coordination Chemistry, Molecular Materials. The research interests of our group focus on the design and construction of high nuclearity transition metal complexes, which embody features that may play a role in future 'high tech.' applications. The features of interest include molecular magnetism, novel redox properties, and photo-activity, such that 'bistable' or 'multi-stable' states can be created. With the ability to activate an individual molecule so that stable 'on-off' states can be accessed, the application of such systems in information storage and 'switching' creates a platform for a real nano-meter approach to devices at the molecular level. Ligand design and organic synthesis are therefore a major focus of our work as we attempt to construct important systems. Of particular recent interest are a series of flat, grid-like nona-nuclear complexes with 'quantum-dot' like arrays of closely spaced metal centers, which display novel magnetic and redox properties.