Enhanced magnetic anisotropy via quasi-molecular magnet at organic-ferromagnetic contact

Yao Jane Hsu*, Yu Ling Lai, Chih Han Chen, Ying Chang Lin, Hsiu Yun Chien, Jeng Han Wang, Tu Ngoc Lam, Yuet Loy Chan, D. H. Wei, Hong Ji Lin, Chien Te Chen

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To realize the origin of efficient spin injection at organic-ferromagnetic contact in organic spintronics, we have implemented the formation of quasi-molecular magnet via surface restructuring of a strong organic acceptor, tetrafluoro-tetracyano-quinodimethane (F4-TCNQ), in contact with ferromagnetic cobalt. Our results demonstrate a spin-polarized F4-TCNQ layer and a remarkably enhanced magnetic anisotropy of the Co film. The novel magnetic properties are contributed from strong magnetic coupling caused by the molecular restructuring that displays an angular anchoring conformation of CN and upwardly protruding fluorine atoms. We conclude that the π bonds of CN, instead of the lone-pair electrons of N atoms, contribute to the hybridization-induced magnetic coupling between CN and Co and generate a superior magnetic order on the surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-316
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 17


  • Interfaces
  • Porous Materials
  • Surfaces
  • and Catalysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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