KEMS9611 CH2: Molecular Magnetism (JSS31) (2 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
Responsible organisation:
Faculty of Mathematics and Science
Curriculum periods:
2022-2023, 2023-2024


The topics covered on the course include:
• Molecular magnetism as a field of research,
• System of units
• Magnetic properties of free ions
• Crystal-field theory
• Magnetic anisotropy
• Exchange interaction
• Diamagnetism and paramagnetism
• Magnetic order and phase transitions
• Superparamagnetisim and single-molecule magnets
• Single-chain magnets

Learning outcomes

After the course, the student will understand:
• the history, aims, achievements and challenges of the research field of molecular magnetism
• the basic principles of the quantum-mechanical origin of magnetic properties at molecular level
• what the basic macroscopic magnetic quantities (magnetic field, magnetization and magnetic susceptibility) describe
• how the microscopic molecular properties give rise to the macroscopic magnetic properties
• how molecular magnetic properties depend on the chemical structure of molecules

Description of prerequisites

Bachelor studies in chemistry; especially transition metal chemistry and introductory quantum mechanics.

Completion methods

Method 1

Modes of study: Lectures and tutored exercises sessions.
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Participation in teaching (2 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
Evaluation criteria:
Graded exercise problems. A minimum of 50% of the total score is required.
Study methods:
Modes of study: Lectures and tutored exercises sessions.
No published teaching