ECMolS 2016

Bologna, 15-18 November 2016

European Conference on Molecular Spintronics

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About ECMolS

The Conference has the ambitious goal to establish and implement a new networking and collaboration scheme able to merge together the fields of Organic Spintronics, Molecular Magnetism and Molecular Quantum Technologies.


  • spin polarised devices based on molecular materials
  • electrical and optical manipulation of spins
  • molecular nanomagnetism: spintronics and other phenomena
  • single molecule spintronics
  • magnetic effects at hybrid interfaces
  • spin-orbit induced effects
  • molecular spins for quantum technologies
  • processing technologies in molecular spintronics



Area della Ricerca CNR, Via P. Gobetti 101
Oratorio di "San Filippo Neri" via Manzoni 5 (only the 16th)


15-18 November 2016

The conference will start on Tuesday 15th and close on Friday 18th of November 2016.
It will take place at the Area della Ricerca CNR except on the 16th when the conference will be at the "Oratorio di San Filippo Neri" via Manzoni 5, located in the downtown of Bologna


Roberta Sessoli, Università di Firenze, Italy
Valentin Alek Dediu, CNR-ISMN, Italy

ECMolS is the first conference co-organized by COST Action CA15128 on Molecular Spintronics (MOLSPIN).
Support by the COST Action made it possible to organize a top-notch international conference accessible to a broad audience, collecting researcher and students from communities of Spintronics, Molecular Electronics, Molecular Magnetism and Quantum Computing.

Scientific Committee

Eugenio Coronado, Universitat de Valencia, Spain
Roberta Sessoli, Università di Firenze, Italy
Valentin Alek Dediu, CNR-ISMN, Italy
Herre van der Zant, Delft University of Technology,Netherlands
Fernando Luis, CSIC-Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain
Ilaria Bergenti, CNR-ISMN, Italy

Advisory Board

Albert Fert, Nobel Prize in Physics, France
Jean-Marie Lehn, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, France
Jagadeesh S. Moodera, MIT , USA
Evgeny Y. Tsymbal, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
Masahiro Yamashita, Tohoku University, Japan
Wolfgang Wernsdorfer, KIT, Germany
Pietro Gambardella, ETH, Switzerland
Georg Schmidt, Halle University, Germany
Mario Ruben, KIT, Germany
Arzhang Ardavan, Oxford University, UK
Jaume Veciana, ICMAB-CSIC, Spain
Ron Naaman, Weizmann Institute, Israel
Luis Hueso,CIC-Nanogune, Spain
Mirko Cinchetti, Kaiserslautern University, Germany
Stefano Sanvito, Trinity College, Ireland
Silvia Picozzi, CNR-Spin, Italy
Henning Sirringhaus, Cambridge University, UK
Marco Affronte, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Daniel Loss, University of Basel, Switzerland
Joris van Slageren, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Richard Winpenny, The University of Manchester, UK
Andrea Morello, University of New South Wales, AU

Key Note Speakers

Andrea Cornia

Prof. Andrea Cornia

Forging single-molecule magnets for spintronics: background, achievements and current trends

Jairo Sinova

Prof. Dr. Jairo Sinova

Relativity shakes future technology: how the spin Hall effect and relativistic torques are opening new paths for information storage

John Morton

Prof. John Morton

Molecular spins and quantum technologies

Pierre Seneor

Prof. Pierre Seneor

Molecular spintronics: new opportunities beyond conventional materials


Participants, who would like to make an oral or poster presentation at the Conference, must submit an abstract.
Authors are requested to use the ECMolS abstract template for the submission.
All abstracts must be submitted electronically via the link below (active from July 1st).

Abstract deadline: 16st of September
Notification of acceptance as oral or poster contribution will be sent by September 30, 2016.

Abstracts submission


Registration on line will be available from July 1st 2016.
We encourage the active participation of students. Student rates will apply also for young reasercher up to 2 years from completion of PhD

Conference fee (before 18 October)
Full registration: 400 €
Student registration: 150€

Conference fee (after 18 October and on site)
Full registration: 500€
Student registration:210€

Early registration deadline extended to Tuesday 18th

The conference fee will cover conference kit, refreshments during coffee breaks, lunches during the workshop and social dinner.


COST participants should consult the COST Molspin website for information concerning partial support


In parallel to ECMolS conference the Management Committee and the Working Groups 1-3 meetings of the COST action CA15128 on Molecular Spintronics (MOLSPIN) will take place. Please refer also to COST Molspin website for further information.

The oral contribution shall not exceed the following durations (including questions):

  • Key note lecture : 40 minutes (35+5)
  • Invited lecture: 30 minutes (25+5)
  • Standard Oral : 20 minutes (15+5)
Poster will be all displayed starting from the morning session on the 17th and will be removed on the 18th after the conference closing ceremony.
Authors must be present during the poster sessions (see program for details).
Posters will be displayed on freestanding boards. The boards will accommodate posters up to A0 size (841mm x 1189mm) in portrait format.

  • ECMolS Registration

  • WG2 workshop

    Chair: Uta Schlickum and Sebastian Loth

    10.00-10.15 Overview of the Cost Action Program by Eugenio Coronado
    10.15-11.15 Short presentations of the WG2 participants
    11.15-11.35 Coffee break
    11.35-13.00 Short presentations of the WG2 participants

    Participants: Winfried Plass, Michael Böhme, Benjamin Kintzel, Sven Ziegenblag, Axel Buchholz, Jaume Veciana, Arzhang Ardavan, Wolfgang Wernsdorfer, Joris van Slageren, Neil Kemp, Stefano Carretta, Alessandro Chiesa, Dominique Vuillaume, Salvador Cardona, Stefano Lumetti, Jose J. Baldovi, Marco Affronte, Andrea Candini, Valerio Bellini, Floriana Tuna, Amandine Bellec, Roberta Sessoli, Federico Totti, Mirko Cinchetti, Matteo Mannini, Grace Morgan, Bogdana Borca, Annie Powell, Davide Bossini, Sebastian Loth, Uta Schlickum
  • Lunch

  • Conference Welcome

  • Key note: A. Cornia

    Forging single-molecule magnets for spintronics: background, achievements and current trends
  • Session 1

    14.50-15.10 A. Lunghi: Spins and Phonons as a Whole System: the Role of Environment on the Spin Relaxation of Single Molecule Magnets
    15.10-15.30 N.F. Chilton: Electronic Structure of Uranium(V)-Nitride Complexes
    15.30-15.50 B. Tsukerblat: A paradigm of quantum-dot cellular automata: molecular implementation
    15.50-16.10 R. Gaudenzi: Scraping the Landauer limit at high speeds with a quantum nanomagnet
  • Coffee break

  • Session 2

    16.40-17.10 M.Yamashita (Invited): Giant- and Tunneling-Magnetoresistance Based on Single-Molecule Magnets
    17.10-17.30 L. Persichetti: Magnetic bistability in single atoms
    17.30-17.50 M. Bernien: Light-Induced Spin-State Switching of an Fe(II) Complex in Direct Contact with a Solid Surface
    17.50-18.10 T. Mallah: Engineering exchange coupling and magnetic anisotropy at the molecule/magnetic electrode interface in molecular spintronic devices
    18.10-18.30 A. Bellec: Molecular scale dynamics of light-induced spin crossover in a two-dimensional layer
  • This conference day will be held at the
    "Oratorio di San Filippo Neri" via Manzoni 5

  • Key note: P. Seneor

    Molecular spintronics: new opportunities beyond conventional materials
  • Session 3

    09.40-10.00 L. Hueso Spin optical mlecular devices
    10.00-10.20 M. Mannini The challenge of embedding complex molecules in spintronic devices: a multitechnique approach
    10.20-10.40 J. Veciana Chemical control over the energy-level alignment in a two-terminal junction
  • Coffee break

  • Session 4

    11.10-11.40 A. Riminucci (Invited): Transport regimes in organic spintronic devices
    11.40-12.00 S. Heutz: Flexible ferromagnetic films and nanostructures
    12.00-12.30 A. Forment Aliaga (Invited): Self-assembled monolayers on ferromagnets: A solution approach for molecular spintronics
  • Lunch

  • Session 5

    14.00-14.30 M. Bowen (Invited): Simple and advanced ferromagnet/molecule spinterfaces
    14.30-14.50 N. Pascual: Tuning the magnetism of transition metal atoms with Hydrogen atoms
    14.50-15.10 A. Droghetti: Tailoring charge and spin transport by hybrid interface design
    15.10-15.30 A. Pratt: Oscillatory spin polarisation at organic semiconductor/ferromagnetic interfaces
    15.30-15.50 F. Tassinari: PNAs and oligopeptides self-assembled monolayers as spin filters
  • Coffee break

  • Session 6

    16.20-16.50 N. Atodiresei (Invited): Magnetic Exchange Interactions at Hybrid Interfaces
    16.50-17.10 I. A. Kowalik: Towards single molecule spin filters: organic chiral molecules on metal surfaces
    17.10-17.30 S. Majumdar: Proximity-induced spin polarization of graphene in contact with half-metallic manganite
    17.30-18.00 M. Chshiev (Invited): Anatomy of the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of cobalt|graphene interfaces
  • Session 7

    09.00-09.30 E. Burzuri (Invited): Electron transport through individual all-organic polyradicals
    09.30-09.50 E. Ruiz Magnetoresistance in Single-Molecule Devices based on Magnetic Mononuclear Transition Metal Complexes
    09.50-10.10 A. Candini: TbPc2 Single-Molecule Transistor with graphene electrodes
    10.10-10.30 W. Wulfhekel: Spin crossover complexes on ferromagnetic substrates
  • Coffee break

  • Key note: J. Sinova

    Relativity shakes future technology: how the spin Hall effect and relativistic torques are opening new paths for information storage
  • Session 8

    11.40-12.00 L. Malavolti: Spin sensing with atomically assembled nanomagnets
    12.00-12.20 T.. Jung: Configuring Electronic States in an Atomically Precise Array of Quantum Boxes
    12.20-12.40 O. Tal: Atomic scale half metallicity: Rational design of extreme spin filtering and high magnetoresistance in atomic and molecular junctions
    12.40-13.10 M. Cinchetti (Invited): Functionalizing spin-textured 2D electronic systems with tailored organic bonds
  • Lunch & poster

  • Poster

  • Session 9

    15.00-15.30 W. Wernsdorfer (Invited): Quantum gate and algorithm using a single molecular magnet
  • WG1 workshop

    Session 1 (Chair: L. Hueso)

    15.30-16.10 WG1: Brief presentation, opportunities, collaboration etc.

    Session 2 Selected oral contributions (chair I. Bergenti)

    16.10-16.30 Carmen Herrmann: Automated analysis of spin coupling pathways
    16.30-16.50 Imma Ratera: Pressure induced conductivity in a neutral non-planar localized radical
    16.50-17.10 Sophie Delprat : Magnetic Tunnel Junctions Based On Alkanethiol Self Assembled Monolayers 1
    17.10-17.30 Eva Rentschler : Anisotropic exchange interaction between a molecular spin and Fe3O4(100)

    Session 3

    17.30-17.50 "Spintronic factory" presentation by Paolo Bortolotti
    17.50-18.30 Round table discussions on "Spintronic factory" (Moderator A. Dediu)

    Participants: P. Bortolotti, L. Hueso, P. Seneor, M. Fahlman, J. Veciana, E. Coronado
  • MC meeting@CNR

  • Social dinner

    Circolo Ufficiali via marsala Bologna
  • Session 10

    09.00-09.30 S. Hill (Invited): EPR Studies of Molecular Lanthanide Spin Qubits
    09.30-09.50 J. Van Slageren: Decoherence mechanisms in molecular quantum bits
    09.50-10.10 G. Aromi: Dinuclear Lanthanide Complexes as Two-Qubit Molecular Spin Quantum Gates
    10.10-10.30 J. F. Soria: A supramolecular approach to implement universal quantum gates
  • Coffee break

  • Key note: J. Morton

    Molecular spins and quantum technologies
  • Session 11

    11.40-12.00 J. Majer: Hybrid Quantum Systems: Coupling Diamond Color Centers and Molecular to Superconducting Cavities
    12.00-12.20 M. Ruben: Towards Qu-gates switching of a coupled spin pair in a binuclear Co(II)2 complex
    12.20-12.40 F. Tuna: Rabi Oscillations at room temperature in a Y-Yb single crystal
    12.40-13.00 S. Piligkos: Towards Molecular 4f Single-Ion Magnet Qubits
  • Lunch & poster

  • Poster

  • Closing ceremony and prizes

  • WG3 workshop

    Session 1 (Chair: J. van Slageren)

    15.30-15.45 Stefano Carretta (U. Parma): Supramolecular complexes for quantum information processing
    15.45-16.00 Filippo Troiani (U. Modena): Theoretical characterization of nonclassical states: fundamentals and possible applications to quantum technologies
    16.00-16.15 Alejandro Gaita-Ariño (ICMOL-U. Valencia): Decoherence and organization in molecular spin qubits
    16.15-16.30 Lapo Bogani (U. Oxford): Room temperature spin coherence in molecular graphene nanoribbons
    16.30-16.45 Lorenzo Sorace (U. Florence): Relaxation dynamics in vanadyl complexes
    16.45-17.00 Marco Affronte (U. Modena): QT at Modena Lab
    17.00-17.15 Fernando Luis (ICMA, CSIC-U. Zaragoza): Scaling up quantum computation with molecular nanomagnets
    17.15-17.30 Wolfgang Wernsdorfer (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT): Next steps of molecular quantum spintronics

    Session 2 (Chair: F. Luis)

    17.30-18.30 Round table: Quantum technologies with molecular spins
    Participants: John Morton, Eugenio Coronado, Marco Affronte, Johannes Majer, Steve Hill, Arzhang Ardavan

Click here to download the program

Travel Guide

CNR Area is outside the historical center of Bologna where most of the hotels are located.
To facilitate the trip to/from CNR Area we have organized a bus service:


November 15th November 16th November 17th November 18th
Conference will be held at "Oratorio di San Filippo Neri" via Manzoni 5
8.20 Via Righi-Via Indipendenza intersection
8.30 Autostazione stand 25
8.35 Piazza Unità close to via Mazza intersection
8.20 Via Righi-Via Indipendenza intersection
8.30 Autostazione stand 25
8.35 Piazza Unità close to via Mazza intersection


November 15th November 16th November 17th November 18th
Leave at 18.50 from the Area entrance Same stops NONE
Conference will be held at "Oratorio di San Filippo Neri" via Manzoni 5
Leave at 18.40 from the Area entrance Same stops NONE

See the plans for clarity.

How to reach the Area di Ricerca CNR on your own

How to reach the "Oratorio San Filippo Neri" on your own

Touristic information of city of Bologna

Recently, hotel accommodation in Bologna has increased and there is now a greater range available at competitive prices.
As a result, our annual agreements with hotels are no longer the best means for assuring lowest rates. Depending on time of booking, hotels if contacted directly may offer cheaper rates compared to those of our agreements.
For this reason we now prefer to make available a detailed list of hotels selected by us (each facility has been visited to assess quality of services) so that you may choose and check prices independently.
Hotel list

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