Prussian Blue Structure

Figure 1: Structure of Prussian Blue, a well-known archetype of mixed valency systems, whose analogues present original magnetic properties such as tunable high Curie temperature and photomagnetism. J.M Herrera et al.. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2008 (366) 127-138. DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2007.2145


We are very pleased to announce the lecture course “MOLECULAR ELECTRONICS: from dream to chemistry and physics of functional molecular systems“, by Prof. Michel Verdaguer, Institut Parisien de Chimie Moléculaire, Emeritus Professor at Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France.

The course will be delivered in English over five half-day sections, through lectures and selected experiments.

Course Title: MOLECULAR ELECTRONICS: from dream to chemistry and physics of functional molecular systems (Special Topics in Chemistry IV – CQU7049)

Level: Master and Doctorate Credits: 01 (15 hours)

Enrollment period: November 07 to 16, through SIGA / UFPR (*).

Lectures: November 20 to 24, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Prof. Michel Verdaguer obtained his Thèse d’Etat at University Paris-Sud (Orsay) in 1984 under the supervision of O. Kahn. In 1988, he joined Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris) as a Professor. He is an expert in molecular magnetism and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. He is known for his rational approach of magnetic molecular materials applied to Prussian blue analogues and multifunctional materials. Emeritus Professor at UPMC since 2002, he develops endeavours for international scientific cooperation and spreading experimental chemistry worldwide. He was awarded by the French and Spanish chemical societies and the French Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the Academia Europaea and author of the book Electrons in Molecules: from Basic Principles to Molecular Electronics, co-authored by Prof. Jean-Pierre Launay and published by Oxford University Press in 2013.
[Source: Chem. Soc. Rev. 2011 (40) 3297-3312]

Location: Multimedia Room, Statistics Department – Exact Sciences Building, ground floor – Polytechnic Center, UFPR.

Number of places: 30.


1 Basic concepts

         1.1 Electrons in atoms, molecules and molecular solids

         1.2 Interelectronic repulsion

         1.3 Tunneling.

2 The localized electron: magnetic properties

         2.1 Mononuclear complexes; spin cross-over

         2.2 Orbital interactions and exchange

         2.3 From molecules to room temperature molecular magnets

         2.4 Magnetic anisotropy and slow relaxation of the magnetization (SMM, SIM).

3 The moving electron: electrical properties

         3.1 Basics of electron transfer

         3.2 Electron transfer in discrete molecular systems

         3.3 Conductivity in extended molecular systems (electronic and ionic).

4 The excited electron: photophysical properties

         4.1 Fundamentals in photophysics: absorption, emission, and excited states

         4.2 Electron transfer in the excited state

         4.3 Photomagnetism.

5 The mastered electron: molecular electronics and spintronics. Molecular machines

         5.1 Hybrid molecular electronics

         5.2 Molecular spintronics

         5.3 Molecular machines

         5.4 Molecular approaches to quantum computing.

6 Conclusion and perspectives.


1) Launay, J.-P.; Verdaguer, M. Electrons in Molecules: from Basic Principles to Molecular Electronics. Oxford: OUP, 2013. 512p. New paperback edition in press

2) Kahn, O. Molecular magnetism. New York: VCH, 1993.

3) Benelli, C.; Gatteschi, D. Introduction to Molecular Magnetism. New York: Wiley-VCH, 2015.

4) Sieklucka, B.; Pinkowicz, D. (Eds). Molecular Magnetic Materials. New York: Wiley-VCH, 2017.

5) Canadell, E.; Doublet, M.-L.; Iung, C. The orbital approach to the electronic structure of solids. Oxford: OUP, 2012.

(*) Students from other MSc or PhD Programs or external to UFPR are required to complete the special registration form (Isolated Course) available on the “Forms” tab of the PPGQ web page (http://www.prppg.ufpr.br/ppgquimica/formularios-e-documentos/).

(**) Enrollments in an isolated course will only take effect if there are places remaining after the enrollment of the regular students.



               Figure 2, left: Prof. Michel Verdaguer. Right: Book cover, first edition of Electrons in Molecules: from Basic Principles to Molecular Electronics.