Spin-crossover, switching, response, bistability, multi-stability
Magnetism is one of the fundamental physical properties of matter. Since the discovery of new type of magnets based on metal complexes or organic radicals in 1980s, the field of molecule based magnetism has made great advances and played an important role not only for the characterization of molecular species but also for the development of new functional materials. In particular, the discoveries of molecule based magnets, spin-crossover phenomenon, photo-switchable magnetism, guest-responsive magnetism, single molecule and single chain magnets were epoch-making in the field of inorganic chemistry. It is, however, important to discuss what we have done and to consider new physical properties and functions which may be found in such materials. In this symposium, up-and-coming chemists will gather to discuss the latest developments in the area of spin crossover, magnetic switching, stimuli-responsivity and multi-functions based on magnetic bi- or multi-stabilities, from molecular design, synthesis, structure, characterization including measurement techniques, response mechanism and theory. We will discuss the state-of-the-art and attempt to predict the goals and future waves of molecular magnetism research over the next decade.