Single Domain 10 nm Ferromagnetism Imprinted on Superparamagnetic Nanoparticles Using Chiral Molecules

Guy Koplovitz, Gregory Leitus, Supriya Ghosh, Brian P. Bloom, Shira Yochelis, Dvir Rotem, Fabio Vischio, Marinella Striccoli, Elisabetta Fanizza, Ron Naaman, David H. Waldeck, Danny Porath*, Yossi Paltiel

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The rapid growth in demand for data and the emerging applications of Big Data require the increase of memory capacity. Magnetic memory devices are among the leading technologies for meeting this demand; however, they rely on the use of ferromagnets that creates size reduction limitations and poses complex materials requirements. Usually magnetic memory sizes are limited to 30–50 nm. Reducing the size even further, to the ≈10–20 nm scale, destabilizes the magnetization and its magnetic orientation becomes susceptible to thermal fluctuations and stray magnetic fields. In the present work, it is shown that 10 nm single domain ferromagnetism can be achieved. Using asymmetric adsorption of chiral molecules, superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles become ferromagnetic with an average coercive field of ≈80 Oe. The asymmetric adsorption of molecules stabilizes the magnetization direction at room temperature and the orientation is found to depend on the handedness of the chiral molecules. These studies point to a novel method for the miniaturization of ferromagnets (down to ≈10 nm) using established synthetic protocols.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number1804557
Issue number1
StatePublished - 4 Jan 2019

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  • chiral molecules
  • magnetic memory
  • magnetic nanoparticles
  • spintronics
  • superparamagnetism


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