Magnetic materials

Magnetic materials are materials studied and used mainly for their magnetic properties. The magnetic response of a materials is largely determined by the magnetic dipole moment associated with the intrinsic angular momentum, or spin, of its electrons. A material’s response to an applied magnetic field can be characterized as diamagnetic, paramagnetic, ferromagnetic or antiferromagnetic.

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  • News & Views |

    Solid-state hydrogen gating of a ferrimagnetic metal enables independent reversal of Néel and magnetization vectors by an electric field.

    • Morgan Trassin
    •  & John T. Heron
    Nature Nanotechnology 16, 953-954
  • Comments & Opinion
    | Open Access

    Permanent magnets constructed from metal ions and organic linkers using molecular design principles could bring transformative advances in areas such as energy conversion, transportation, and information storage. This comment highlights the recent discovery of a metal–organic magnet ordering at 242 °C, and discusses future research directions and possible applications involving such materials.

    • Ryan A. Murphy
    • , Jeffrey R. Long
    •  & T. David Harris
  • News & Views |

    Spin-1/2 kagome lattice antiferromagnets are geometrically frustrated materials poised to host yet-unobserved behaviours. Now, such a lattice has been prepared that shows no structural distortions and hosts its spin in the dxy orbital of d1 Ti3+ centres, rather than the more-widely investigated d9 Cu2+ ions.

    • Kelsey A. Collins
    •  & Danna E. Freedman
    Nature Chemistry 12, 670-671