Lab of the Month: January 2019

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From left to right : Barbora Brachnakova (PhD student), Gabor MOLNAR (CNRS researcher), Jose Elias Angulo Cerrera (PhD student) and Mario Piedrahita Bello (PhD student).

From left to right : Barbora Brachnakova (PhD student), Gabor MOLNAR (CNRS researcher), Jose Elias Angulo Cerrera (PhD student) and Mario Piedrahita Bello (PhD student).

Dr. Gabor Molnar is a senior CNRS researcher working in the coordination chemistry laboratory of the CNRS (Toulouse, France). Dr Molnars’ multidisciplinary research team (Azzedine Bousseksou, William Nicolazzi, Lionel Salmon, Lucie Routaboul) focusses on the synthesis, experimental and theoretical investigation of bistable molecular nanomaterials. Bistable materials can transition between two distinct electronic states and have great potential for display, storage and sensor devices.

Their research projects address both fundamental issues (finite size effects, structural – property relationships, switching dynamics etc) as well as consumer and technological applications. The team use a multitude of Linkam stages including two THMS600 stages for Raman and FTIR microspectroscopy investigations, an FTIR600 stage in conjunction with a UV-VIS spectrophotometer for kinetic studies and a HFS350EV-PB4 stage for the test of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) under controlled pressure and temperature.

The team have published over 100 papers and filed 5 patents using these systems. You can find some of their recent publications here:

L. Pineiro-Lopez, et al. Electronic Structure Modulation in an Exceptionally Stable Non‐Heme Nitrosyl Iron(II) Spin‐Crossover Complex. Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, 12741

V. Shalabaeva et al. Vacuum deposition of high-quality thin films displaying spin transition near room temperature. J. Mater. Chem. C 2017, 5, 4419

C. Bartual-Murgui et al. Spin-crossover metal–organic frameworks: promising materials for designing gas sensors. J. Mater. Chem. C 2015, 3, 1277