The Shultz group examines relationships between molecular structure of paramagnetic molecules and their properties, so-called “magneto-structural correlations.” Such studies are important first steps in the design of molecules for spintronics (spin-based electronics) and for understanding and controlling electron transfer/transport events in general.
We thank the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their continued support of our research!
Cobalt based valence tautomers have a unique stability through their hs-CoII and ls-CoIII forms that make them ideal for spin-dependant electron transport in devices (spintronics).
Our work on valence tautomers has spawned numerous collaborations around the world.
Donor-Bridge-Acceptor (D-B-A) biradicals can provide us electronic coupling information across organic bridge fragments. There have been promising approaches for integration of D-B-A molecules into solar energy conversion electrochemical cells, application for nano-scale molecular electronics, as well as understanding the fundamentals of Donor-Acceptor interactions.
Photogenerated biradicals show promise for extending excited state lifetimes making them interesting for electron transfer mechanisms and potentially useful for solar energy purposes.