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Ekanayaka, T.K.; Hao, G.; Mosey, A.; Dale, A.S.; Jiang, X.; Yost, A.J.; Sapkota, K.R.;Wang, G.T.; Zhang, J.; N’Diaye, A.T.; et al. Nonvolatile Voltage Controlled Molecular Spin-State Switching for Memory Applications. Magnetochemistry 2021, 7, 37. magnetochemistry7030037


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Nonvolatile, molecular multiferroic devices have now been demonstrated, but it is worth giving some consideration to the issue of whether such devices could be a competitive alternative for solid-state nonvolatile memory. For the Fe (II) spin crossover complex [Fe{H2B(pz)2}2(bipy)], where pz = tris(pyrazol-1-yl)-borohydride and bipy = 2,20-bipyridine, voltage-controlled isothermal changes in the electronic structure and spin state have been demonstrated and are accompanied by changes in conductance. Higher conductance is seen with [Fe{H2B(pz)2}2(bipy)] in the high spin state, while lower conductance occurs for the low spin state. Plausibly, there is the potential here for low-cost molecular solid-state memory because the essential molecular thin films are easily fabricated. However, successful device fabrication does not mean a device that has a practical value. Here, we discuss the progress and challenges yet facing the fabrication of molecular multiferroic devices, which could be considered competitive to silicon.