Molecular Electronics Emerges from Molecular Magnetism

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Science  03 May 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5262, pp. 698-699
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5262.698


Molecular electronics—the storage and processing of data on individual molecules—may be one path toward increased storage density and speed. In his Perspective, Verdaguer discusses work reported by Sato et al. (p. 704) in this issue on light-induced changes in the magnetic properties of various preparations of Prussian blue. This leads to switching of the long-range magnetic ordering of the compound and may point the way to molecular information processing.