“NANOCOM”: Commutation of spin crossover nanoparticles, (with the participation of Dr Ahmed Slimani)
Several experimental and theoretical studies have focused on the size and environment effects on the thermal spin transition of spin crossover nanoparticles, but very few attempts have been devoted to the exploration of the physical mechanisms governing the bistability of such nanoparticles and their potential behavior changes through the interactions with their surrounding environment. The project focuses, theoretically by Monte-Carlo and Molecular Dynamic simulations, on the role of the matrix, its symmetry and the size dependence in the cooperative nature of the transition. The research plan includes a systematic investigation of the effect of the interactions with (for a single nanoparticle) and through (for an assembly of nanoparticles) the surrounding medium. The project aims to provide a way to modulate the properties of nanoparticles by acting on their concentration (and their size) in an environment that can also be varied in order to pave the way, ultimately, for their integration as functional nano-components in the future devices.
University of Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines, France
CNRS-Ecole Polytechnique Paris, France
Nihon University, Japan
University of Sfax, Tunisia