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Laurie Thompson

Laurie Thompson
Office: C5022
Phone: 709-864-8750
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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.