The MED group at Delft and the group of van Ruitenbeek at Leiden have been working together successfully for several years, resulting in several joint publications, jointly supervised Master and PhD students, and the fabrication of the gated MCBJs. Recently, Diana Dulic has moved to Chile (Departamento de Física, Facultad de Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas, Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile) and we will keep on collaborating on molecular transport.
Collaborations with chemists are of crucial importance for the synthesis of the molecules and nanoparticles. The MED group has built up an extensive network with chemistry groups in Europe. Some of the main collaborations include:
- group of Dr. Grozema/Eelkema (Delft University of Technology): porphyrins and quantum interference
- group of Prof. Hummelen (Groningen): quantum interference molecules
- group of Prof. Thomas Bjørnholm / Prof. Mogens Brøndsted-Nielsen (Copenhagen) concerning conjugated molecules (OPV derivatives), single-atom complexes and spin chains
- group of Prof. Mario Ruben (Karlsruhe/Strasbourg) on spin-crossover compounds
- group of Prof. Andrea Cornia (Modena) on single-molecule magnets
- group of Prof. Eugenio Coronado (Valencia) on spin-crossover clusters and mixed-valence compounds
- group of Prof. Marcel Mayor (Basel) on spin-crossover compounds
- group of Dr. Nuria Aliaga-Alcalde (Barcelona) on p-conjugated molecules suitable for graphene anchoring
A strong collaboration exists with Dr. Jos Thijssen and Dr. Yaroslav Blanter from the theory group at Delft on quantum chemistry calculations and on the properties of vibrational modes in quantum dots and electron-electron interactions, respectively (see e.g. Charge transport and single-electron effects in nanoscale systems, J.M. Thijssen and H.S.J. van der Zant, Phys. Stat. Sol. (b) 245 (2008) 1455-1470). Theoretical collaborations further exist with Prof. Mark Ratner from Northwestern University (USA) for ab-initio calculations on molecules, with Prof. Kyungwha Park from Virginia Tech on (ab-initio) calculations concerning magnetic molecules, and with the theory group at Copenhagen University (Prof. Jens Paaske and Prof. Per Hedegård) and with Prof. Maarten Wegewijs from Jülich/Aachen (Germany) for model calculations.