The field of molecular materials represents an exciting playground for the design, tailoring, and combination of chemical building blocks as carriers of physical properties and aims at the understanding and development of novel functional molecular devices. Within this extraordinarily widespread framework, the realization of materials with the desired functionalities can only be achieved through a rational design strategy based on a solid understanding of the chemical and physical features of each constituting building block.
This book provides a general overview of molecular materials, discussing their key features in a simple and organic way by focusing more on basic concepts rather than on specialized descriptions, in order to supply the non-expert reader with the immediate fundamental tools and hints to understand and develop research in this field. With this view, it is a step-by-step guide toward the preparation of functional molecular materials, where the knowledge and understanding so far attained by the scientific community through the investigation of significant archetypical examples is deconstructed down to the fundamental basis and then presented in reverse, from the base to the top.
Introduction to Molecular Materials, Key Features and Classification; Basic Concepts of Molecular Magnetism, Electrical Conductivity and Molecular Photophysics; Functional Molecular Materials: Design, Key Chemical/Structural/Electronic Features, Physical Properties; Multifunctional Molecular Materials: Design Approaches and Physical Properties; Molecular Materials for Technological Devices: OLEDs, Optical Fibers, Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells, Magnetic Molecules on Surface