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SCIENTIFIC WORKPLAN

WP1: Design, synthesis, self-assembly and characterization of the modified substrates

The specific target of WP1 is the design, synthesis and self-assembly of molecules with structure, electronic and magnetic properties adequate to fulfill the final device requirements. The WP will address three major points:
1. Rational design of the molecules.
2. Synthesis of the target molecules with long-term stability, excellent reversibility, appropriate redox and magnetic properties and with the best anchoring group to enhance the coupling and stability of the Molecule electrode interface.
3. Self-assembly of the obtained molecules on HOPG and FL-graphene and surface characterization.

WP2: Electron transport measurements of electrode/molecule/electrode junctions in 2 & 3 terminal devices

The ability to measure and to control charge transport through single-molecule junctions is of considerable fundamental interest and represents a key step towards the development of molecule-based devices. To go beyond the current knowledge in this field we intend the following key objectives for WP2:
1. Optimize the integration of the target molecules into the nano-junctions.
2. Establish fundamental aspects of the electron transport through TM and TTF molecules.
3. Establish a correlation between the molecule structure and functionality and to understand the mechanism of charge transport in the proposed configurations.
4. Fully understand the role of the contact between electrode and the molecule on the interface stability and transport characteristics.
5. Achieve a controllable room temperature gating of the magnetic state of TM radicals and TTF molecules linked to the electrodes.

WP3: 3 terminal transport measure of single molecules into magnetic nano-spaced FL-Graphene electrodes

The specific objective of WP3 is to fabricate and to develop ferromagnetic graphene electrodes, which are stable at room temperature. They are essential to achieve the proposed room-temperature switchable spin polarizer. The final goal will be achieved through different intermediate steps that represent by themselves major breakthroughs in the field of spintronics:
1. Fabrication of magnetic FL-graphene based electrodes operative at room temperature.
2. Use of the tunnel magneto-resistance measurements to distinguish the response of the bare electrodes (empty gap) and the molecule.
3. Spin injection into TTM and TF magnetic molecules and study of the interplay between molecular and electronic spins.

WP4: Dissemination, collaboration and exploitation

To ensure effective external communication, optimal dissemination and knowledge transfer of ACMOL results and an efficient management of the intellectual property.
Specific Objectives:
1. To promote the project and its objectives, partners, funding, and activities, employing a range of communication and dissemination tools.
2. To carry out scientific dissemination of ACMOL results via publications, conferences, networks, external collaborations.
3. Generate, disseminate and protect high value scientific results.
4. To compile and identify the new knowledge and outcomes generated within the project.
5. To provide knowledge that contributes to maintain EU leadership in ICT.

WP5: Coordination, management and assessment

1. To ensure the ACMOL project meets its objectives within the time and the budget limits.
2. To coordinate all the WP and activities and the overall management.
3. To manage and monitor the evolution of the project.
4. To facilitate the communication within the partners and the European Commission.

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