Magnetic surfactants as molecular based-magnets with spin glass-like properties

Paul Brown, Gregory Smith, Eduardo Padron Hernandez, Craig James, Julian Eastoe, Wallace C. Nunes, Charles M. Settens, T. Alan Hatton, Peter J. Baker

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This paper reports the use of muon spin relaxation spectroscopy to study how the aggregation behavior of magnetic surfactants containing lanthanide counterions may be exploited to create spin glass-like materials. Surfactants provide a unique approach to building in randomness, frustration and competing interactions into magnetic materials without requiring a lattice of ordered magnetic species or intervening ligands and elements. We demonstrate that this magnetic behavior may also be manipulated via formation of micelles rather than simple dilution, as well as via design of surfactant molecular architecture. This somewhat unexpected result indicates the potential of using novel magnetic surfactants for the generation and tuning of molecular magnets.

Original languageEnglish
Article number176002
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Issue number17
Early online date30 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2016


  • magnetic surfactants
  • molecular magnets
  • muon spin relaxation
  • spin glass


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