Magnetic molecules for electronic devices is the main part of emerging Spintronics research field. In order to build up such devices, the molecules are deposited in metallic surfaces to have a monolayer. Thus, the molecules are easily accessible with a second electrode, for instance the tip of STM microscope or also to build devices using fixed-electrodes breakjunction techniques. These magnetic properties can also be calculated and also the conductance through magnetic molecules using DFT methods combined with non-equilibrium Green Functions. In our group, we are using such Green function methods to study the transport properties but also performing the STM experiments to measure the conductance at single-molecule level.
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