Alicia Forment-Aliaga

Alicia Forment-Aliaga
University of Valencia | UV · Instituto de Ciencia Molecular (ICMol)

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In this work, the tip convolution effect in atomic force microscopy is revisited to illustrate the capabilities of cubic objects for determination of the tip shape and size. Using molecular-based cubic nanoparticles as a reference, a two-step tip reconstruction process has been developed. First, the tip-to-face angle is estimated by means of an ana...
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In this work we exploit the ability of spin-crossover molecules to switch between two spin states, upon the application of external stimuli, to prepare smart molecular/2D heterostructures. Through the chemical design of the hybrid interface, that involves a covalent grafting between the two components, we obtain a hybrid heterostructure formed by s...
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In this work, the tip convolution effect in atomic force microscopy is revisited to illustrate the capabilities of cubic objects for determination of the tip shape and size. Using molecular-based cubic nanoparticles as a reference, a two-step tip reconstruction process has been developed. First, the tip-to-face angle is estimated by means of an ana...
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The preparation of 2D stacked layers that combine flakes of different nature, gives rise to countless number of heterostructures where new band alignments, defined at the interfaces, control the electronic properties of the system. Among the large family of 2D/2D heterostructures, the one formed by the combination of the most common semiconducting...
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The preparation of 2D stacked layers that combine flakes of different nature, gives rise to countless number of heterostructures where new band alignments, defined at the interfaces, control the electronic properties of the system. Among the large family of 2D/2D heterostructures, the one formed by the combination of the most common semiconducting...
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Experimental studies on spin valves with exfoliated 2D materials face the main technological issue of ferromagnetic electrode oxidation during the 2Ds integration process. As a twofold outcome, magnetoresistance (MR) signals are very difficult to obtain and, when they finally are, they are often far from expectations. We propose a fabrication metho...
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Chirality-induced spin selectivity (CISS), whereby helical molecules polarize the spin of electrical current, is an intriguing effect with potential applications in nanospintronics. In this nascent field, the study of the CISS effect using paramagnetic chiral molecules, which could introduce another degree of freedom in controlling the spin transpo...
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Chirality-induced spin selectivity (CISS), the effect of helical molecules acting as room temperature hard magnets that confer spin polarization to electrical current, is an intriguing effect with potential applications in nanospintronics. In this scenario, molecules that are paramagnetic as well as helical would introduce a new degree of freedom i...
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The spontaneous growth of lamellar metal-alkanethiolates (LMAs) on reactive ferromagnetic surfaces as a result of the surface oxidation has been observed. When alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) grown under inert atmosphere over cobalt or permalloy (Ni80Fe20) are exposed to air, oxygen diffuses through the molecular layer. This induces an...
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MoS2-based vertical spintronic devices have attracted an increasing interest thanks to theoretical predictions of large magnetoresistance signals. However, experimental performances are still far from expectations. Here we carry out the local electrical characterization of thin MoS2 flakes in a Co/Al2O3/MoS2 structure through conductive tip AFM mea...
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Molecular/inorganic multilayer heterostructures are gaining attention in molecular electronics and more recently in new generation spintronic devices. The intrinsic properties of molecular materials as low cost, tuneability, or long spin lifetimes were the original reasons behind their implementation. However, the non-innocent role played by these...
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Prussian blue (PB) represents a simple, economical, and eco-friendly system as cathode material for sodium-ion batteries (SIBs). However, structural problems usually worsen its experimental performance thus motivating the search for alternative synthetic strategies and the formation of composites that compensate these deficiencies. Herein, a straig...
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In this work we showcase the potential of peptides as versatile scaffolds for quantum computing and molecular spintronics. In particular, we focus on lanthanide-binding tags, developed in the field of biotechnology for the study of protein structure and dynamics, exploring their potential as scalable single molecule spin transistors for quantum inf...
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The integration of atomically-thin layers of two dimensional (2D) materials in nanodevices demands for precise techniques at the nanoscale permitting their local modification, structuration or resettlement. Here, we present the use of Local Oxidation Nanolithography (LON) performed with an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) for the patterning of nanomet...
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Imaging and manipulating the spin structure of nano- and mesoscale magnetic systems is a challenging topic in magnetism yielding a wide range of spin phenomena as skyrmions, hedgehog-like spin structures or vortices. A key example has been provided by the vortex spin texture, which can be addressed in four independent states of magnetization, enabl...
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In the race towards miniaturization in nanoelectronics, magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) have emerged as potential candidates for their integration in ultrahigh-density recording media. Molecular-based materials open the possibility to design new tailor-made MNPs with variable composition and sizes, which benefit from the intrinsic properties of these...
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Organic spintronics is a new emerging field that promises to offer the full potential of chemistry to spintronics, as for example high versatility through chemical engineering and simple low cost processing. However, one key challenge that remains to be unlocked for further applications is the high incompatibility between spintronics key materials...
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Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) are nowadays broadly used as surface protectors or modifiers and play a key role in many technological applications. This has motivated the study of their formation in all kind of materials; however, and despite the current interest in molecular spintronics, the study of SAMs on ferromagnetic surfaces remains almost...
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Light-emitting electrochemical cells (LECs) showing a white emission have been prepared with Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of the metallosurfactant Bis[2-(2,4-difluorophenyl)pyridine][2-(1-hexadecyl-1H-1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)pyridine]iridium(III) chloride (1), which work with an air-stable Al electrode. They were prepared by depositing a LB film of 1 on...
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AFM images are always affected by artifacts arising from tip convolution effects, resulting in a decrease in the lateral resolution of this technique. The magnitude of such effects is described by means of geometrical considerations, thereby providing better understanding of the convolution phenomenon. We demonstrate that for a constant tip radius,...
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It is demonstrated how local oxidation nanolithography performed with an atomic force microscope (AFM-LON) may be successfully employed for the nanopatterning of insulating regions of Ta2O5 on TaS2 ultrathin metallic layers. This provides a simple approach for the fabrication of electronic devices, such as single-electron transistors, at the nanosc...
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Prussian-blue analogues (PBA) are a family of molecule-based magnetic compounds of general formula AxMy[M’(CN)6]z, whose magnetic properties can be tuned by an external stimulus. This tunability makes PBA good candidates for their integration into new electronic or spintronic devices. As a previous step to accomplish this integration, PBA need to b...
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(La,Sr)MnO(3) manganite (LSMO) has emerged as the standard ferromagnetic electrode in organic spintronic devices due to its highly spin-polarized character and air stability. Whereas organic semiconductors and polymers have been mainly envisaged to propagate spin information, self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) have been overlooked and should be consi...
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Structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of [Mn12O12(bet)16(EtOH)4](PF6)14·4CH3CN·H2O (in short Mn12bet, bet = betaine = +N(CH3)3-CH2–COO–) single-molecule magnets (SMMs) deposited on previously functionalized gold surfaces have been investigated. Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) either of sodium mercaptoethanesulfonate (MES) or mercaptoprop...
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The high intrinsic spin and long spin relaxation time of manganese-12-acetate (Mn(12)) makes it an archetypical single molecular magnet. While these characteristics have been measured on bulk samples, questions remain whether the magnetic properties replicate themselves in surface supported isolated molecules, a prerequisite for any application. He...
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Nanoparticles of iron(II) triazole salts have been prepared from water-organic microemulsions. The mean size of the nanoparticles can be tuned down to 6 nm in diameter, with a narrow size distribution. A sharp spin transition from the low spin (LS) to the high spin (HS) state is observed above room temperature, with a 30-40-K-wide thermal hysteresi...
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Diphenylmethanofullerenes (DPMs) show interesting properties as acceptors in polymer bulk heterojunction solar cells due to the high open circuit voltages they generate compared to their energy levels. Here we investigate the effect of reducing the alkane sidechain length of the DPMs from C12 to C6 in the properties of the solar cell. This change l...
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The preparation, magnetic characterization, and X-ray structures of two polycationic Mn(12) single-molecule magnets [Mn(12)O(12)(bet)(16)(EtOH)(4)](PF(6))(14).4CH(3)CN.H(2)O (1) and [Mn(12)O(12)(bet)(16)(EtOH)(3)(H(2)O)](PF(6))(13)(OH).6CH(3)CN.EtOH.H(2)O (2) (bet = betaine = (CH(3))(3)N(+)-CH(2)-CO(2)(-)) are reported. 1 crystallizes in the centro...
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The prospect of realizing nanoscale transistors using individual semiconducting carbon nanotubes offers enormous potential, both as an alternative to silicon technology beyond conventional scaling limits and as a way to implement high-speed devices and circuits on flexible substrates. A significant challenge is the realization of low-voltage nanotu...
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Prussian Blue functionalization of carbon nanotubes. Individual single-walled carbon nanotubes are coated with the molecular magnet Prussian Blue (PB) through an electrodeposition method. At room temperature, the PB coating imparts a strong p-type doping onto semiconducting nanotubes. Upon cooling, the transfer of holes onto the nanotube is frozen...
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We report on the properties of electrochemically modified SWCNTs bearing a functional organic layer and a low density of noble metal nanoparticles, respectively. First, a novel approach to nanoscale pH sensors is demonstrated which involves the gentle modification of individual metallic tubes via covalent attachment of amino-substituted phenyl grou...
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Charge-transfer (CT) salts such as copper-2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-p -benzoquinone (CuDDQ) are promising components of reversible resistive memory switching devices. In the study presented here, we report on the composition of CuDDQ layers grown from acetonitrile containing solution onto copper-coated silicon substrates. According to Rutherford Bac...
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The cover shows a schematic of scanning probe nanolithography based on the spatial confinement of an oxidation reaction within a water meniscus, and its application for fabricating ordered arrays of cationic Mn12 single-molecule magnets. Romero, Coronado, Garcìa, and co-workers report on p. 291 that electrostatic interactions between the molecules...
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The process for the transfer of single-molecule magnets (SMM) from a macroscopic liquid solution into a nanoscale region of a SiO2 surface is presented. The method allows the fabrication of nanostructures consisting of Mn12bet on a silicon oxide template and the rest of the surface remains free of molecules. The silicon oxide dots are patterned and...
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Electrostatic interactions drive the adsorption of polycationic single-molecule magnets onto anionic monolayers self-assembled on gold surfaces. Well-isolated magnetic clusters have been deposited and characterized using scanning tunneling microscopy and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy.
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The soluble hybrid organic-inorganic semiconductor films based on the synergy between an arylamine polymer and the molecular nanomagnet [Mn 12O 12- (H2O) 4 (C 6F5COO)16] were prepared. Conductivity of the hybrid films reaches values around 0.01 S cm-1 at Mn 12PhF5hTPD ratios as low as 0.02. This high conductivity makes this material very suitable a...
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Manganese magnets: Trimethylammonio groups appended to the surface of a Mn12 single-molecule magnet lead to a highly charged magnetic cluster that behaves as an electron reservoir. This cluster spontaneously forms its two-electron reduced species which has a ground spin state S = 11. The cluster is a precursor for the synthesis of network materials...
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The synthesis and the structural and magnetic characterization of a novel heptanuclear cobalt cluster encapsulated in a heteropolyoxotungstate is reported. This complex shows how it is possible to control the nuclearity of the Co clusters formed in a tungstate solution by slightly changing the synthetic conditions, and the relevance of pH in this r...
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A carboxy-substituted alkylammonium salt, namely, (4-carboxybenzyl)tributylammonium hexafluorophosphate, ZHPF(6), was prepared and used as incoming carboxylate ligand in a ligand-exchange reaction with [Mn(12)O(12)(O(2)CCH(3))(16)(H(2)O)(4)] (1) to afford a new Mn(12) single-molecule magnet (SMM), [Mn(12)O(12)(Z)(16)(H(2)O)(4)][PF(6)](16) (2), bear...
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The incorporation of four Mn12 derivatives, namely [Mn12O12(O2CR)16(H2O)4] (R = CH3 (1), CH3CH2 (2), C6H5 (3), C6F5 (4)), into the hexagonal channels of the MCM-41 mesoporous silica has been studied. Only the smallest clusters 1 and 2, i.e. those with compatible size with the pores of MCM-41, could enter into the mesoporous silica. Powder X-ray dif...
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Two new copper (I) pseudorotaxanes bearing a thioctic acid appended unit have been prepared and deposited onto a gold electrode surface, leading to surface-attached electroactive pseudorotaxanes.
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The incorporation of four Mn12 derivatives, namely [Mn12O12(O2CR)16(H2O)4] (R=CH3 (1), CH3CH2 (2), C6H5 (3), C6F5 (4)), into the hexagonal channels of the MCM-41 mesoporous silica have been studied. Only the smallest clusters 1 and 2 that are those with compatible size with the pores of MCM-41 could be incorporated into the mesoporous silica. Powde...
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In this work we have explored the possibilities to create layered organizations of the Mn12 single-molecule magnets using the Langmuir–Blodgett technique or attaching these clusters onto a metal surface by preparing self-assembled monolayers (SAMs). In the first part we discuss the use of the Langmuir–Blodgett (LB) technique in order to obtain orga...
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Single-molecule magnets (SMM) based on the dodecanuclear manganese complexes Mn12O12(RCOO)(16) can be readily characterized by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. This facilitates the synthesis of complex multifunctional molecules that have potential use in the organization of SMM into films or surfaces.

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Organization of 3D spin qubits through metallopeptides