Single-molecule magnets (SMMs) are among the most promising molecular systems for the development of novel molecular electronics based on spin transport. Going beyond investigations focused on physisorbed SMMs, in this work the robust grafting of terbium(III) bis(phthalocyaninato) complexes to a silicon surface from a diluted solution is achieved by rational chemical design yielding the formation of a partially oriented monolayer on the conducting substrate. Here by exploiting the surface sensitivity of X-ray circular magnetic dichroism, we evidence an enhancement of the magnetic bistability of this SMM, in contrast to the dramatic reduction of the magnetic hysteresis that characterizes monolayer deposits evaporated on noble and ferromagnetic metals. Photoelectron spectroscopy investigations and density functional theory analysis suggest a non-innocent role played by the silicon substrate, evidencing the potentiality of this approach for robust integration of bistable magnetic molecules in electronic devices.
Magnetic behaviour of TbPc2 single-molecule magnets chemically grafted on silicon surface / M. Mannini; F. Bertani; C. Tudisco; L. Malavolti; L. Poggini; K. Misztal; D. Menozzi; A. Motta; E. Otero; P. Ohresser; P. Sainctavit; G. G. Condorelli; E. Dalcanale; R. Sessoli. - In: NATURE COMMUNICATIONS. - ISSN 2041-1723. - 5:5582(2014). [10.1038/ncomms5582]