Molecule of the Month
November 2017
A Golden Nano-Checkerboard

We demonstrate the direct observation of long-range ferrimagnetic order emerging in a two-dimensional supramolecular Kondo lattice. The lattice consists of paramagnetic hexadeca-fluorinated iron phthalocyanine and manganese phthalocyanine co-assembled into a chessboard pattern on single-crystalline Au(111) substrates.
These findings suggest the use of molecular frameworks to engineer low-dimensional magnetically ordered materials.

This collaborative work was carried out with the "Bern-team" of Dr. Shi-Xia Liu / Prof. Silvio Decurtins.


  • J. Girovsky, J. Nowakowski, Md. E. Ali, M. Baljozovic, H. R. Rossmann, T. Nijs, E. A. Aeby, S. Nowakowska, D. Siewert, G. Srivastava, C. Wäckerlin, J. Dreiser, S. Decurtins, S.-X. Liu, P. M. Oppeneer, T. A. Jung, N. Ballav;
    "Long-range ferrimagnetic order in a two-dimensional supramolecular Kondo lattice"
    Nature Commun., 2017, 8, 15388/1-8; doi:10.1038/ncomms15388.
  • Media release of the University of Bern;
    "Goldenes 'Nano-Schachbrett' für zukünftige Technologien"
    22.05.2017; Details.