Plenary Speakers

Narcis Avarvari
University of Angers, laboratory MOLTECH-Anjou, France

Narcis Avarvari was born in Iasi, Romania. He obtained in 1995 a Master Degree in organic and organometallic chemistry from the Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, and University Paris XI, Orsay, France and received his PhD in Chemistry in 1998 at the Ecole Polytechnique, having worked in low coordination phosphorous chemistry. After one-year postdoctoral stay at the ETH Zürich in coordination chemistry, he obtained in 1999 a permanent research position with the CNRS in Nantes, and then he moved in 2001 to the University of Angers, laboratory MOLTECH-Anjou. He was awarded with the 2007 Prize of the French Chemical Society, Coordination Chemistry Division and he was promoted CNRS director of research in 2010. He is also holding an Associate Professor position at the Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau. He is currently heading a research team dealing with molecular materials, crystal engineering and coordination chemistry, as well as self-assembly and chirality.

Francisco Guinea
Institute of Materials Science of Madrid (ICMM), Spain

Cyrus Hirjibehedin
London Centre for Nanotechnology Departments of Physics & Astronomy and Chemistry at University College London (UCL), United Kingdom

Cyrus F. Hirjibehedin is a Reader (Associate Professor) in the London Centre for Nanotechnology and the Departments of Physics & Astronomy and Chemistry at University College London (UCL). His research is focused on understanding the electronic and magnetic properties of nanometer-scale structures and exploring their applications in future paradigms of information processing, data storage, and sensing. The primary tools that he uses are low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopes, which can image, manipulate, and probe structures on surfaces at the scale of individual atoms.

Dr Hirjibehedin received a B.S. in both Physics and Computer Science from Stanford University, after which he earned a Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University while conducting research at both Columbia and Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies. In 2004, Dr Hirjibehedin became a postdoctoral Research Staff Member at IBM’s Almaden Research Center, where he studied quantum magnets constructed atom by atom.

Ivan Schuller
Center for Advanced Nanoscience & Physics Department, University of California-San Diego, United States of America

Prof. Ivan K. Schuller, a Rumanian born, director of the Center for Advanced Nanoscience (CAN) at UCSD, is a Solid State Physicist. He is winner of major awards such as the Lawrence Award from the US DOE, and several awards from the APS, the MRS and the IUMRS He has also won several EMMY and other television awards for his science related movies. Prof. Schuller received his Licenciado from the University of Chile, PhD from Northwestern University and an Honoris Causa Doctorate from the Spanish Universidad Complutense the largest European University. He is a member of the Chilean, Spanish, Belgian and Colombian Academies of Science. His more than 500 papers and 20 patents have been dedicated to many aspects of solid state and materials physics in the field of Nano and Meso science. His extensive artistic activities have spanned the award winning production and writing of plays, movies, YouTube videos and acting in a variety of venues.

Kay Severin
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Kay Severin is full professor in chemistry at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. His research group is focused on synthetic organic and inorganic chemistry. Among other things, his group explores novel methods for the construction of molecularly defined nanostructures by self-assembly.

Invited Speakers

Lapo Bogani, University of Oxford (UK)

Liviu Chibotaru, KU Leuven (Belgium)

Alessandro Lunghi, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)

Carlos Martí-Gastaldo, Universidad de Valencia (Spain)

Marta Mas Torrent, Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (Spain)

Corine Mathonière, University of Bordeaux (France)

Emilio Pardo, Universidad de Valencia (Spain)

Kasper Pedersen, Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, Pessac (France)

Dawid Pinkowicz, Jagiellonian University (Poland)

Fabrice Pointillart, Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes (France)

Eva Rentschler, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Germany)

Aurelian Rotaru, Ștefan cel Mare University Suceava (Romania)

Joris van Slageren, University of Stuttgart (Germany)

Federico Totti, University of Florence (Italy)

Floriana Tuna, University of Manchester (UK)


All aspects of molecular magnetism, from materials preparation, physical characterisation and theory, will be considered and among them the following main topics:

Molecular nanomagnets

Switchable magnetic materials and optical magnets

Molecular routes to magnetic nanostructures

Photo-induced magnetism

Conducting materials

Modelling and theory

Materials processing

Devices and applications

New Materials


Molecular nanoscience

Molecular spintronics

Molecular spin qbits

Biological aspects

Olivier Kahn International Award

The sixth “Olivier Kahn International Award” will be given to young talented scientists working in Europe in the field of Molecular Magnetism and closely related disciplines.

Olivier Kahn was a pioneer in Molecular Magnetism, brilliant scientist and teacher, deeplyconcerned by the promotion of talented young scientists. In 2006 the Magmanet European Network of Excellence decided to create a prestigious Award bearing his name: the Olivier Kahn International Award. At the finishing of Magmanet Network, the European Institute of Molecular Magnetism (EIMM) has continued sponsoring the award.

The award, an “Olivier Kahn Medal”, will be accompanied by a prize of 5,000€, to help the laureate to develop his/her research and to participate to major international conferences. Furthermore, the laureate will receive help from experts of the EIMM to communicate on her/his win, to present her/his results at main conferences/ exhibitions in the domain, if requested. The five first OKIA laureates are Wolfgang Wernsdorfer, Jose Galan-Mascaros, Stefano Carretta, Marta Mas-Torrent, Lapo Bogani.

The Sixth Olivier Kahn International Award laureate will be chosen by an International Jury during Summer 2017. The Award will be presented at the occasion of the VI European Conference on Molecular Magnetism, ECMM 2017, meeting to be held on August 27th - 31st 2017 in Bucharest, Romania. The laureate will present an invited lecture in this occasion.

Workshop: Quantum Spin Science and Technologies

Spins in solids or molecular hosts are natural candidates to realize new devices working as quantum sensors, quantum simulators or universal quantum processors. For this, achieving an exquisite control over the quantum state of individual spins will be required. The workshop aims to bring together specialists on spin qubits and single molecule spintronics, provide a relaxed atmosphere to promote fruitful scientific discussions of the two communities and help establishing collaborations that contribute to develop future quantum technologies.

Invited speakers

Richard Berndt, Kiel University (Germany)
Enrique Burzurí, IMDEA Nanociencia, Madrid (Spain)
Thomas Jung, Basel University (Switzerland)
Johannes Majer, Technical University of Vienna (Austria)
Roberta Sessoli, Florence University (Italy)

Period & Location

August the 31st to September the 1st 2017
Bucharest, Novotel Bucharest City Centre Hotel


  • 19.00 - 20.00

    Registration & Welcome Reception


  • 8.00 - 8.30



  • 8.30 - 9.00

    Opening ceremony


  • 9.00 - 10.00

    Plenary Speaker - Kay Severin

    Structural supramolecular chemistry with clathrochelate complexes

  • 10.00 - 10.30

    Invited Speaker - Eva Rentschler

    3d/4f metallacrown based complexes exhibiting slow magnetic relaxation

  • 10.30 - 11.00

    Invited Speaker - Joris van Slageren

    Spectroscopic investigations of the crystal field splitting in f-element single-molecule magnets

  • 11.00 - 11.30

    Coffee break


  • 11.30 - 12.00

    Invited Speaker - Floriana Tuna

    Organometallic molecular magnets studied by electron paramagnetic resonance

  • 12.00 - 12.15

    Oral Presentation - Kevin Bernot

    Organization of luminescent and magnetic lanthanide-based molecular edifices designed through coordination chemistry

  • 12.15 - 12.30

    Oral Presentation - Lorenzo Sorace

    EElectronic structure and magnetic anisotropy in lanthanoid single-ion magnets with C3 symmetry: the Ln(trenovan) series

  • 12.30 - 12.45

    Oral Prensentation - Alexey A. Popov

    Trapping an unpaired electron between two lanthanide ions inside a fullerene cage: towards SMMs with giant exchange and record-high blocking temperatures

  • 12.45 - 13.00

    Oral Presentation - Jose J. Baldovi

    Electronic structure and magnetic anisotropy in f-block molecular nanomagnets

  • 13.00 - 13.15

    Oral Presentation - Nicholas F. Chilton

    Molecular magnetic hysteresis at 60 K in disprosocenium

  • 13.15 - 13.30

    Oral Presentation - Liviu Ungur

    Strategies toward high-temperature lanthanide-based single-molecule magnets

  • 13.30 - 15.00



  • 15.00 - 15.30

    Invited Speaker - Fabrice Pointillart

    Magnetic memory in isotopically enriched single molecule magnet and single ion on nanoparticle surface

  • 15.30 - 16.00

    Invited Speaker - Liviu Chibotaru

    Ab Initio crystal field in lanthanides: analysis of contributions and assessment of the models

  • 16.00 - 16.15

    Oral Presentation - Colette Boskovic

    Magnetic excitations in lanthanoid-polyoxotungstate single-molecule magnets: an inelastic neutron scattering and Ab Initio study

  • 16.15 - 16.30

    Oral Presentation - Chen Gao

    Experimental determination of the valence electron density in a Dy-based single molecule magnet

  • 16.30 - 17.00

    Coffee break


  • 17.00 - 17.15

    Oral Presentation - Hui-Zhong Kou

    From achiral ligand to chiral six-coordinate lanthanide complexes

  • 17.15 - 17.30

    Oral Presentation - Maria-Gabriela Alexandru

    Heterotrimetallic complexes assembled from 3d-3d’ nodes and cyanido spacers

  • 17.30 - 18.15

    Flash Presentations: F1 - F14


  • 18.15 - 20.00

  • 8.30 - 9.00

    Welcome coffee


  • 9.00 - 10.00

    Plenary Speaker - Narcis Avarvari

    Chiral materials based on tetrathiafulvalene and metal dithiolene complexes

  • 10.00 - 10.30

    Invited Speaker - Marta Mas Torrent

    Organic radicals in molecular electronics

  • 10.30 - 11.00

    Invited Speaker - Alessandro Lunghi

    First principle determination of spin-phonon coupling mechanism in single molecule magnets

  • 11.00 - 11.30

    Coffee break


  • 11.30 - 12.00

    Invited Speaker - Lapo Bogani

    Molecular graphene-based magnetic nanostructures

  • 12.00 - 12.15

    Oral Presentation - Fabian Paschke

    Magnetism of highly-ordered 2D arrays of Fe4 on graphene

  • 12.15 - 12.30

    Oral Presentation - Daniel E. Bürgler

    Magnetic subunits within a single molecule-surface hybrid

  • 12.30 - 12.45

    Oral Presentation - Masahiro Yamashita

    New quantum molecular spintronics and how to increase hysteresis temperature in Single-Molecule Magnets

  • 12.45 - 13.00

    Oral Presentation - Jennifer J. Le Roy

    Molecular spintronics using heterodinuclear molecular magnets

  • 13.00 - 13.15

    Oral Presentation - Stefano Carretta

    Fingerprints of Mn12 , the forefather of molecular nanomagnets

  • 13.15 - 13.30

    Oral Presentation - Alessandro Chiesa

    Many-body Ab Initio study of antiferromagnetic {Cr7M} molecular rings

  • 13.30 - 15.00



  • 15.00 - 15.15

    Oral Presentation - Annie K. Powell

    Toroidal moment variations in triangular systems

  • 15.15 - 15.30

    Oral Presentation - Yves Journaux

    New oxamate-based magnetic architectures: investigating heterofunctional ligands

  • 15.30 - 15.45

    OKIA Award Ceremony


  • 15.45 - 16.30

    OKIA Lecture


  • 16.30 - 17.00

    Coffee break


  • 17.00 - 17.15

    Oral Presentation - Andrea Cornia

    Synchrotron Mössbauer spectroscopy of surface-supported single- molecule magnets

  • 17.15 - 17.30

    Oral Presentation - Guillem Aromi

    Photo-switchable spin-based 2-qubit molecules

  • 17.30 - 18.15

    Flash presentations: F15 - F28


  • 18.15 - 20.00

  • 8.30 - 9.00

    Welcome coffee


  • 9.00 - 10.00

    Plenary Speaker - Ivan K. Schuller

    Exciting science with simple oxides

  • 10.00 - 10.30

    Invited Speaker - Aurelian Rotaru

    Charge transport properties of spin crossover materials: towards nanoelectronic and spintronic devices

  • 10.30 - 11.00

    Invited Speaker - Carlos Martí-Gastaldo

    Ultrathin films of layered coordination polymers: charge transport and spin-crossover at the nanoscale

  • 11.00 - 11.30

    Coffee break


  • 11.30 - 12.00

    Invited Speaker - Emilio Pardo

    Metal-organic frameworks as chemical reactors for new advanced materials: use of post-synthetic methods

  • 12.00 - 12.15

    Oral Presentation - Marie-Laure Boillot

    Switching properties of spin-crossover nanocrystals based on molecular materials

  • 12.15 - 12.30

    Oral Presentation - Cristian Enachescu

    Understanding experimental data in spin crossover systems using elastic models

  • 12.30 - 12.45

    Oral Presentation - Carlos Bartual-Murgui

    Polymorphism and ligand effect on the spin crossover behavior of a new family of mononuclear iron(II) compounds

  • 12.45 - 13.00

    Oral Presentation - Rafal Kulmaczewski

    Engineering cooperativity in iron(II) spin crossover complexes?

  • 13.00 - 13.15

    Oral Presentation - Anandi Srinivasan

    The role of molecular geometry and axial ligands on the spincrossover properties of [Co3(R-dpa)4X2] (R = H, CH3; X = F, Cl, Br, I)

  • 13.15 - 13.30

    Oral Presentation - Alexandre Abhervé

    Magnetism and conductivity in a 2D mixed-valence porous coordination polymer

  • 13.30 - 15.00



  • 15.00 - 16.00

    Plenary Speaker - Francisco Guinea

    Proximity exchange and spin-orbit coupling in graphene in contact with a ferromagnet

  • 16.00 - 16.30

    Invited Speaker - Kasper Pedersen

    A non-innocent coordination chemistry approach to 2D conducting magnets

  • 16.30 - 17.00

    Coffee break


  • 17.00 - 17.15

    Oral Presentation - Valerie Marvaud

    Light induced magnetism in molybdenum complexes

  • 17.15 - 17.30

    Oral Presentation - Robert Podgajny

    Anion-π interactions – the unrecognized tool for molecular magnetism?

  • 17.30 - 17.45

    Oral Presentation - Stanislav Nikolaevskii

    First- and second-order phase transitions in the series of heterometallic complexes[Co2Ln(NO3)(Piv)6(Ph-Py)2]

  • 17.45 - 18.00

    Oral Presentation - Fernando Luis

    Three addressable spin qubits in a GdW30 single-ion magnet

  • 20.00 - 23.00

    Conference Dinner


  • 8.30 - 9.00

    Welcome coffee


  • 9.00 - 10.00

    Plenary Speaker - Cyrus Hirjibehedin

    Using the local environment to access and tune magnetism in single molecules

  • 10.00 - 10.30

    Invited Speaker - Dawid Pinkowicz

    Are all heavy cyanometallates intrinsically photomagnetic?

  • 10.30 - 11.00

    Invited Speaker - Corine Mathonière

    Switching properties in cyanido-bridged Fe/Co squares followed by bulk and local techniques

  • 11.00 - 11.30

    Coffee break


  • 11.30 - 12.00

    Invited Speaker - Federico Totti

    The importance of being…DyDOTA

  • 12.00 - 12.15

    Oral Presentation - Cristian D. Ene

    Untangling the threads of an unexpectedly rich synthesis: from supramolecular isomerism driven by a stepwise chirality transfer to ferromagnetic coupling in copper(II) coordination polymers

  • 12.15 - 12.30

    Oral Presentation - Valentin Novikov

    Solution NMR techniques for single-molecule magnets

  • 12.30 - 12.45

    Oral Presentation - Roman Boča

    Low spin single ion magnets: the case of Ni(II) and Cu(II)

  • 12.45 - 13.00

    Oral Presentation - Mark Murrie

    Controlling giant magnetic anisotropy in trigonal bipyramidal Ni(II) using high pressure

  • 13.00 - 13.15

    Oral Presentation - Andrei Alunel Patrascu

    Rational design of heterospin 2p-3d, 2p-4f, and 2p-3d-4f complexes using a novel family of paramagnetic dissymmetric compartmental ligands

  • 13.15 - 13.45

    Closing ceremony


The full Programme can be downloaded here.


International Advisory Board

Kunio Awaga (Japan)
Stephen Blundell (UK)
Azzedine Bousseksou (France)
Sally Brooker (New Zeeland)
Andrea Cornia (Italy)
Eugenio Coronado (Spain)
Alex Dediu (Italy)
Song Gao (China)
Stephen Hill (USA)
Daniel Loss (Switzerland)
Jeffrey Long (USA)
Fernando Luis (Spain)
Talal Mallah (France)
Fernando Palacio (Spain)
Annie Powell (Germany)
Stefano Sanvito (Ireland)
Pierre Seneor (France)
Roberta Sessoli (Italy)
Maria G. F. Vaz (Brazil)
Jaume Veciana (Spain)
Richard Winpenny (UK)
Herre van der Zant (The Netherlands)

National Organising Committee

Marius Andruh (Chair)
Maria Gabriela Alexandru
Adrian Apostol
Paula Cucoș
Cristian Enăchescu
Cristian D. Ene
Adrian Ion
Gabriela Marinescu
Cătălin Maxim
Augustin Mădălan
Mihaela Mocanu
Teodora Mocanu
Traian Păsătoiu
Andrei Alunel Pătrașcu
Delia Popescu
Sergiu Shova
Alexandru Stancu
Laurențiu Stoleriu
Carmen Ștefănescu
Violeta Tudor
Diana Vișinescu

Social Event

The Conference Dinner will be held on Wednesday, August 30th, from 8pm,
at Athénée Palace Hilton (1-3 Episcopiei Street, 010292 Bucharest).

The evening will include a live performance by Irina Sarbu & Band - an original contemporary mix of jazz with a touch of 30s-40s Bucharest music.

Athénée Palace is a historic luxury hotel in Bucharest opened in 1914. Initially built in the Art Nouveau style, it was completely modernised in the 30s, with the exterior redesigned in the Art Deco style. After damages suffered during WW II and the Revolution, the hotel was restored, reopening its doors to the public in 1997 as Athénée Palace Hilton Bucharest.

Book of Abstracts

The ECMM 2017 Book of Abstracts gathers all abstracts that were accepted for presentation at the 6th European Conference on Molecular magnetism. They are abstracts of five plenary speeches, 15 invited distinguished lectures, the winner of the Olivier Kahn International Award, 35 presentations and 113 poster presentations.

Please note that the Book of Abstracts is a pdf file of over 20 MB.