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Welcome to the website of Inorganic Molecular Materials Group, Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland). Our group specializes in the investigation of functional molecular materials, in particular functional molecule-based magnets, including chiral magnets, photomagnets, photoluminescent magnets or quantum nanomagnets. The basis of our work consists of design, synthesis and characterization of novel materials based on polynuclear coordination polymers bearing spin carriers which opens the prospective applications in spintronics. Molecular magnetic materials display high sensitivity and selectivity inaccessible for conventional magnetic materials while multifunctionality, combining magnetism with various physicochemical properties, opens the possibility of potential applications such as high storage density magnetic memory, computing units of quantum computers, molecular switches, nanowires, molecular nanomagnets, chemical sensors, or pollution absorbents. This fundamental research has the clear application perspective. Our group conducts the research on the worldwide level, presenting the scientific results in the renowned chemical journals. We strongly cooperate with the recognized research groups from Poland and other countries (Japan, USA, France, Belgium). Details of our research works can be found on this website. We strongly invite all of you to the scientific cooperation with our group.

Applications for a research stay in our laboratory should be arranged well in advance. Please send a CV and a motivation letter to Professor Barbara Sieklucka that will contact you in a case of a possible opportunity.

 

Back Cover of the manuscript "A concerted evolution of supramolecular interactions in a {cation; metal complex; pi-acid; solvent} anion-pi system ", Inorg. Chem. Front. 2020, 7, 1851. Back Cover of the manuscript "Bulky ligands shape the separation between the large spin carriers to condition field-induced slow magnetic relaxation", Dalton Trans. 2020, 49, 300.Covert art for the paper  "Photoluminescent Lanthanide(III) Single-Molecule Magnets in Three-Dimensional Polycyanidocuprate(I)-Based Frameworks", Chem. Eur. J. 2019, 25, 11820-11825. Covert art for the paper  "A two-fold 3D interpenetrating cyanido-bridged network based on the octa-coordinated [Mo(CN)8]4- building block", CrystEngComm, 2019, 21, 5067-5075. Covert art for the paper  "Multi-colour uranyl emission efficiently tuned by hexacyanidometallates within hybrid coordination frameworks", Chem. Commun. 2019, 55, 3057-3060. Covert art for the paper  "Molecular Deformation, Charge Flow, and Spongelike Behavior in Anion–pi {[M(CN)4]2−;[HAT(CN)6]} (M=Ni, Pd, Pt) Supramolecular Stacks", Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 16302-16314. Covert art for the paper  "Incorporation of hexacyanidoferrate(iii) ion in photoluminescent trimetallic Eu(3-pyridone)[Co1−xFex(CN)6] chains exhibiting tunable visible light absorption and emission properties", CrystEngComm, 2018, 5695-5706. Covert art for the paper  "Tuning of high spin ground state and slow magnetic relaxation within trimetallic cyanide-bridged {NiIIxCoII9-x[WV(CN)8]6} and {MnIIxCoII9-x[WV(CN)8]6} clusters", Chem. Eur J., 2018, 24, 15533-15542. Covert art for the paper  "TbCo and Tb0.5Dy0.5Co layered cyanido-bridged frameworks for construction of colorimetric and ratiometric luminescent thermometers", Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2018, 6, 8372-8384. Covert art for the paper  "Hybrid organic–inorganic connectivity of NdIII(pyrazine-N,N′-dioxide)[CoIII(CN)6]3− coordination chains for creating near-infrared emissive Nd(III) showing field-induced slow magnetic relaxation", Dalton Trans. 2018, 47, 7870-7874. Covert art for the paper  "Achieving white light emission and increased magnetic anisotropy by transition metal substitution in functional materials based on dinuclear DyIII(4-pyridone)[MIII(CN)6]3- (M = Co, Rh) molecules", J. Mater. Chem. C 2018, 6, 473-481 Covert art for the paper  "Octahedral Yb(III) complexes embedded in [CoIII(CN)6]-bridged coordination chains: combining sensitized near-infrared fluorescence with slow magnetic relaxation", Dalton Trans. 2017, 46, 13668-13672 Covert art for the paper  "Modulation of FeII spin crossover effect in the pentadecanuclear {Fe9[M(CN)8]6} (M = Re, W) clusters by facial coordination of tridentate polyamine ligand”, Dalton Trans. 2017, 46, 8027-8036 Covert art for the paper  "Anion–pi recognition between [M(CN)6]3- complexes and HAT(CN)6: structural matching and electronic charge density modification", Dalton Trans., 2017, 46, 3482-3491 Covert art for the paper  "White Light Emissive DyIII Single-Molecule Magnets Sensitized by Diamagnetic [CoIII(CN)6]3- Linkers", Chem-Eur.J. , 2016, 7371-7375 Covert art for the paper  "High thermal durability of a layered Cs4CoII[WV(CN)8]Cl3 framework: crystallographic and 133Cs NMR spectroscopic studies", CrystEngComm, 2016, 18, 9236-9242. Covert art for the paper  "Alternative synthetic route to potassium octacyanoniobate(IV) and its molybdenum congener", Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2016, 4872-4877. Covert art for the paper  "Structural anisotropy of cyanido-bridged {CoII9WV6} Single-Molecule Magnets induced by bidentate ligands: towards the rational enhancement of energy barrier", Chem. Commun. , 2016, 52, 4772-4775 Covert art for the paper  "The solvent effect on the structural and magnetic features of bidentate ligand-capped {CoII9[WV(CN)8]6} Single-Molecule Magnets", CrystEngComm, 2016, 18, 1495-1504 Covert art for the paper   "New Thiadiazole Dioxide Bridging Ligand with a Stable Radical Form for the Construction of Magnetic Coordination Chains", Crystal Growth and Design, 2014, 14, 4878-4881 Covert art for the paper  "Squaring the cube: a family of octametallic lanthanide complexes including Dy8 single-molecule magnet", Dalton Trans., 2013, 42, 14693-14701. Covert art for the paper  "Magnetic anisotropy of CoII-WV ferromagnet: single crystal and ab initio study", CrystEngComm, 2013, 15, 2378-2385 Covert art for the paper  "Evidence for magnetic anisotropy of [NbIV(CN)8]4- in pillared-layered Mn2Nb framework showing spin-flop transition", Chem.Commun., 2012, 48, 8323-8325. Covert art for the paper  "Double Switching of a Magnetic Coordination Framework through Intraskeletal Molecular Rearrangement" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2011, 50, 3973-3977 Covert art for the paper  "A Decade of Octacyanides in Polynuclear Molecular Materials", Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2011, 305-326. Covert art for the paper  " Exploring the formation of 3D ferromagnetic cyano-bridged CuII2+x{CuII4[WV(CN)8]4-2x[WIV(CN)8]2x}·yH2O networks" J. Mater. Chem., 2007, 17, 3308.

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24.02.2020

Polish National Science Centre announced the results of the SONATA BIS 9 call for proposals. The project of Dr. hab. Szymon Chorazy, entitled Luminescent molecular ferroelectrics based on cyanide metal complexes for effective switching of light emission, was qualified to be financed in the ST panel (Physical sciences and engineering), and it will be realized in our group within the next four years. More information on the website of National Science Centre.

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16.12.2019

On 25th to 27th November 2019, in the Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, we organized the 4th International Conference on Functional Molecular Materials (FUNMAT2019). The main organizer of the meeting was our Group. This year, our conference is co-organized by the COST Molspin Action, Working Group 3 (WG3) "Molecular spins for quantum technologies". The FUNMAT2019 was focused on the newest scientific results from the field of functional molecule-based materials. The photos of the most important moments of the meeting are collected in the gallery.

group photo Funmat 2019 fot. Anna Wojnar

fot. Anna Wojnar

06.07.2019

Minister of Science and Higher Education announced the results of the Diamond Grant programme for the research grants dedicated for the most talented students. Within this year 8th Edition of the programme, the research projects of Tomasz Charytanowicz, Jakub Zakrzewski and Mikołaj Żychowicz, the members of our group, were qualified to be financed. Their projects are entitled: Octacyanidorhenate ions in construction of dynamic coordination networks exhibiting spin transitions (Tomasz Charytanowicz), Photoswitchable molecular magnets based on magneto-luminescent lanthanide complexes (Jakub Zakrzewski) and Theoretical and experimental searching for effective molecular nanomagnets based on lanthanide ions in heterometallic coordination systems (Mikołaj Żychowicz). These projects will be realized in our group within the next four years. More information on the website of Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

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01.07.2019

Member of our group, Mikołaj Żychowicz received the Best Poster Award during 5th EuChemS Inorganic Chemistry Conference which was held in Moscow, Russia, on 24-28 June 2019. He presented the poster entitled: Slow magnetic relaxation effect and sensitized near-infrared emission in lanthanide(III)(4,4’-azopyridine-1,1’-dioxide)[CoIII(CN)6]3– layered frameworks. His poster was selected as one of four best posters among 180 poster presentations.

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22.12.2018

Members of our group: Maciej Wyczesany, Tomasz Charytanowicz, Jakub Zakrzewski and Mikołaj Żychowicz were awarded Scholarship of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for students with outstanding achievements, granted for the 2018/2019 academic year. This scholarship is granted for the best students from the whole Poland by the Minister of Science and Higher Education, Republic of Poland. We cordially congratulate them. The full list of laureates can be found on the Ministry website.

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22.12.2018

Member of our group, Mikołaj Żychowicz received the general distinction and the special award of the DuPont company in the 8th Edition of the Gold Medal of Chemistry granted by the Institute of Physical Chemistry (Polish Academy of Sciences) and DuPont company for the authors of the best bachelor or engineering thesis of 2018 in Poland. The bachelor thesis of Mikołaj was entitled "Functional molecule-based magnets with photosensitive organic ligands". Other student of the group, Tomasz Charytanowicz, was also qualified to the final stage of the competition. More information on the website of the  award.

 

photo of Mikołaj Żychowicz with the diploma.

 

19.11.2018

Polish National Science Centre announced the results of the OPUS 15 call for proposals. The project of Dr. Szymon Chorazy, entitled Generation of strong photoluminescence and strong magnetic anisotropy through desolvation and further post-synthetic functionalization of novel d-f coordination networks was qualified to be financed in the ST5 panel (Synthesis and materials), and it will be realized in our group within the next three years. More information on the website of National Science Centre.

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04.07.2018

Minister of Science and Higher Education announced the results of the Diamond Grant programme for the research grants dedicated for the most talented students. Within this year 7th Edition of the programme, the research project of Maciej Wyczesany, the member of our group, was qualified to be financed. His project, entitled Photoluminescent molecular magnets based on lanthanide complexes and tetracyanidometallates, will be realized in our group within the next four years. More information on the website of Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

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18.05.2018

Polish National Science Centre announced the results of the OPUS 14 call for proposals. The project of Prof. Barbara Sieklucka, entitled Heterometallic cyanido-bridged coordination networks as magnetic molecular switches, was qualified to be financed, and it will be realized in Our Group within the next three years. The proposal received the highest score among all considered project in the ST5 panel (Synthesis and materials). More information on the website of National Science Centre

 

14.11.2017

On 8th to 10th November 2017, in the Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, we organized the 3rd International Conference on Functional Molecular Materials (FUNMAT2017). The main organizer of the meeting was our Group. This year, the record number of 95 scientists from Poland and many other countries from Europe and Asia attended the conference . The FUNMAT2017 was focused on the newest scientific results from the field of functional molecule-based materials. The photos of the most important moments of the meeting are collected in the gallery.

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28.06.2017

Minister of Science and Higher Education announced the results of the Diamond Grant programme for the research grants dedicated for the most talented students. Within this year 6th Edition of the programme the research projects of three members of our group were qualified to be financed. They are: Gabriela Handzlik (Functionalized helicenes in construction of molecular magneto-optical materials), Michał Magott (Rational design and synthesis of magnetic porous coordination polymers and molecular multiferroics), and Michał Heczko (Functionalization of solvatomagnetic coordination networks with cyanide bridges). These projects will be realized in our group within the next four years. More information on the website of Ministry of Science and Higher Education

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26.05.2017

Polish National Science Centre announced the results of the SONATA BIS 6 call for proposals. The project of Dr. Dawid Pinkowicz, entitled Quantum nanomagnets based on metal complexes with unusual geometries and using new unusual ligands, was qualified to be financed, and it will be realized in Our Group within the next four years. More information on the website of National Science Centre.

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30.03.2017

Members of our group, Gabriela Handzlik, Michał Heczko and Michał Magott were awarded Scholarship of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for students with outstanding achievements, granted for the 2016/2017 academic year. This scholarship is granted for the best students form the whole Poland by the Minister of Science and Higher Education, Republic of Poland. We cordially congratulate them. The full list of laureates can be found on the Ministry website.

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16.12.2016

International publisher Wiley VCH has published a book "Molecular Magnetic Materials: Concepts and Applications" edited by Prof. Barbara Sieklucka and Dr. Dawid Pinkowicz (Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Inorganic Molecular Materials Group). The book is a collaborative project of many internationally renowned scientists and experts in the field of molecular magnetism from all over the world.

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08.12.2016

Member of our group, Michał Magott won the Gold medal of Chemistry granted by the Institute of Physical Chemistry (Polish Academy of Sciences) and DuPont company for the authors of best bachelor or engineering thesis of 2016 in Poland. The bachelor thesis of Michał was entitled "Magnetic and photomagnetic coordination chains based on [Mn(bpy)n]2+ and octacyanidometallates". Other students of the group, Gabriela Handzlik and Michał Heczko, were also qualified to the final stage of the competition. More information on the website of the award.

Michał Magott - Winner of Gold Medal of Chemistry

 

14.11.2016

Polish National Science Centre announced the results of the SONATA 11 call for proposals. The project of Dr. Szymon Chorazy, entitled Construction of heterometallic photoluminescent coordination architectures with cyanide bridges was qualified to be financed, and it will be realized in Our Group within the next two years. More information on the website of National Science Centre

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01.10.2016

Prof. dr hab. Barbara Sieklucka has been awarded the JU Rector's Award "Jagiellonian Laurel" during the Opening Ceremony of the 653th Academic Year at the Jagiellonian University. Please find the link and the photogallery page.

fot. Anna Wojnar

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Recent Papers

  • Szymon Chorazy, Jakub J. Zakrzewski, Michał Magott, Tomasz Korzeniak, Beata Nowicka, Dawid Pinkowicz, Robert Podgajny, Barbara Sieklucka, "Octacyanidometallates for multifunctional molecule-based materials", Chemical Society Reviews, 2020, DOI: 10.1039/D0CS00067A Link
  • Jedrzej Kobylarczyk, Emilia Kuzniak, Michal Liberka, Szymon Chorazy, Barbara Sieklucka, Robert Podgajny, "Modular approach towards functional multimetallic coordination clusters", Coord. Chem. Revs. , 2020, DOI: 10.1016/j.ccr.2020.213394. Link
  • Szymon Chorazy, Tomasz Charytanowicz, Dawid Pinkowicz, Junhao Wang, Koji Nakabayashi, Stephen Klimke, Franz Renz, Shin-ichi Ohkoshi, Barbara Sieklucka, "Octacyanidorhenate(V) Ion as an Efficient Linker for Hysteretic Two-Step Iron(II) Spin Crossover Switchable by Temperature, Light, and Pressure", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2020, DOI: 10.1002/anie202007327. Link
  • Tomasz Korzeniak, Sujit Sasmal, Dawid Pinkowicz,Wojciech Nitek,Robert Pełka, Dominik Czernia, Olaf Stefańczyk,Barbara Sieklucka, "Chiral Photomagnets Based on Copper(II) complexes of 1,2-Diaminocyclohexane and Octacyanidomolybdate(IV) Ions", Inorg. Chem. 2020, 59, 5872-5882. DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b03511. Link