Designing inorganic magnetic materials as in synthetic organic chemistry (ultimately)
The physical properties of a compound are closely related to its crystal structure. However, the crystal structure is not always as expected, as it settles to the thermodynamically most stable structure for each elemental combination. How much better would it be if we could freely create crystal structures with the expected specific physical properties? In order to solve this sense of dissatisfaction, our laboratory has taken the stance of "non-equilibrium processes by low-temperature reactions" represented by topochemical reactions that insert, remove, or exchange some ions of existing inorganic compounds based on transition metal oxides, and has ultimately developed rational materials such as synthetic organic chemistry We are developing new materials with the aim of designing them. Our laboratory belongs to the Department of Chemical Physics and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.