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Molecular memories heat up

The discovery of molecules that exhibit magnetic bistability raised hopes for the use of such molecular systems as tiny building blocks for magnetic data storage. Despite a quarter of a century of research, however, the temperatures at which these molecules display their desirable magnetic properties remain frustratingly low. Conrad Goodwin et al. report the synthesis and characterization of a molecular dysprosocenium complex that shows magnetic bistability up to 60 kelvin—tantalizingly close to liquid nitrogen temperatures, the point at which applications would start to become a realistic possibility.

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