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Organic materials

Graphene gets molecules into order

Small metal-free organic molecules on an epitaxial graphene monolayer are shown to receive a local magnetic moment from the substrate. This magnetic moment survives when many molecules combine to form a layer, with some indication of long-range ferromagnetic order.

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Figure 1: The formation of ferromagnetism in TCNQ molecules on graphene/Ru(0001).


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Reinert, F. Graphene gets molecules into order. Nature Phys 9, 321–322 (2013).

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