Molecular Quantum Spintronics is the art of combining magnetic moments with charge currents or photons in the quantum regime. This involves controlling molecular levels, the superposition and correlation of states. Our group devises hybrid devices combining selected molecular spins with graphene conducting layers or superconducting circuits to exploit genuine quantum features of molecules.

Spintronics adds spin control to charge current. After the Nobel Prize in 2007 to the pioneers of this field and large impact on magnetic data storage, the field has now many interesting open frontiers with potential impact for a new generation of low-power devices. Research in our group focuses on molecular scale spintronic devices working in quantum regime.

Relevant Publications

  • F. Troiani, S. Thiele, F. Balestro, C. Godfrain, W. Wernsdorfer, S. Klyatskaya, M. Ruben and M.Affronte, Landau-Zener Transition in a Continuously Measured Single-Molecule Spin Transistor – Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 257701 (2017).
  • A.Candini, S. Lumetti, F. Balestro, W. Wernsdorfer and M. Affronte, Addressing single molecular spin with graphene based nano-architectures in Molecular Architectonics, Ed. Ogawa Takuji (2017) p.165, ISBN 978-3-319-57096-9. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-57096-9
  • S. Lumetti, A. Candini, C. Godfrin, F. Balestro, W. Wernsdorfer, S. Klyatskaya, M. Ruben and M. Affronte, Single-molecule devices with graphene electrodes – Dalton Trans., 45, 16570 (2016). – see also: Cover Image
  • A. Candini, S. Klyatskaya, M. Ruben, W. Wernsdorfer and M. Affronte, Graphene Spintronic Devices with Molecular Nanomagnets. – Nanolett. 11, 2634 (2011).

Related Projects


Magnetism – Molecular Spins – Molecular Junctions – Quantum Tunnelling – Graphene electrodes – Spintronics