Project Motivations

Project Goals

Main Highlights

What Makes Carbon Magnetic?

Official Title & Budget

 

Ferrocarbon Consortium
Parco Area delle Scienze, 7a
43100 Parma, ITALY
Tel.: +39-0521-905-217
Fax: +39-0521-905-223
Email: ferrocarbon@fis.unipr.it


Project Motivations

High Temperature and Pressure:
High temperature and high pressure treatments of fullerene C60 can induce a strong ferromagnetic behaviour.

Proton Irradiation:
Proton irradiation of graphite sheets can also create strongly magnetic nanoscopic regions.


Project Goals

According to present theories no strong magnetism could be expected in elements comprising only s or p wave electrons (like carbon). Also the observed magnetism is localized in tiny domains which constitute a small fraction of the carbon material. Currently, however, it is not known how to extend the magnetic behaviour to the whole bulk of carbon.
The challenge of discovering how to produce carbon-based magnetic materials is at the base the present project named Ferrocarbon and funded by the European Community. In a joint effort we will try to:

  • Discover ways to control the magnetic properties of carbon based materials;
  • Understand the microscopic origin of the ferromagnetism of these materials sufficiently for the purposes of rational design;
  • Discover new and potentially useful magnetic carbon based materials.