Ph.D (UPMC, Paris-6)
Assistant Professor
Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore – 560012, Karnataka, India.
Tel: +91 9932 207 177


Switchable Molecular Magnetic Materials Lab

We are working in the interfaces between Inorganic, Physical and Materials Chemistry. Our research focuses mainly on the design and synthesis of new Switchable Molecular Materials (SMMs). These molecular systems exhibit several advantages such as the chemical and structural versatility, low density, solubility towards conventional solvents and also having interesting physical properties such as (Photo)magnetic, Photoluminescence, Electro- and Thermal transport, Magnetocaloric effect and Optical properties. Some of these materials will be anchored with carbon nanotubes or grafted onto silica nanoparticles for the preparation of exciting hybrid materials. Such systems offer appealing future applications for electronic devices, molecular switches and sensors, information storage/processing and high-density recording media. Various physical techniques are used for characterization, such as (variable temperature) FT-IR, UV-Vis (Solid-state and solution), Raman, Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Thermogravimetric Analysis, Cyclic Voltammetry, NMR (Solution and Solid-state), Mass Spectrometry, Single crystal and powder X-Ray Diffraction (under irradiation), EPR, Mössbauer, Electron Microscopy, SQUID Magnetometer (under irradiation) and PPMS Succeptometer.
We are looking for highly motivated students and if you interested about our research work, please email me or visit our department (SSCU, Room no: 003).

Representative Publications:

8. Molecule-based microelectro-mechanical sensors.
M. Urdampilleta, C. Ayela, D. Rosario-Amorin, A. Mondal, M Rouzières, P. Dechambenoit, C. Mathonière, P. –H. Ducrot, I. Dufour, F. Mathieu and Rodolphe Clérac*. Manuscript under revision.

7. Modulation of the spin-state of an iron(II) [2×2]-grid like complex by deprotonation of the hydrazone-based ligand. S. Dhers, A. Mondal, D. Aguila, P. Dechambenoit, A.-M. Stadler, K. Rissannen, J. Harrowfield, R. Clérac* and J.-M. Lehn*: Manuscript under revision.

6. A direct picture of the local magnetic anisotropy by polarized neutron diffraction (PND) confronted to EPR, magnetometry and ab initio investigations. K. Ridier, A. Mondal, C. Boilleau, B. Gillon,* G. Chaboussant, B. Le Guennic, K. Costuas and R. Lescouëzec*: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 4101 (Cover Picture).

5. Versatile Nano-platforms for Hybrid Systems: Revealing Spin crossover Behavior on Nanoparticles. A. Féré, A. R. Ruyack, A. Mondal, Y. Li, R. Lescouëzec, C. Chaneac* and B. Fleury*: J. Mater. Chem. C. 2015, 3, 3350.

4. Photo and thermo-induced spin-transition in a cyanide-bridged {Mo2-Fe2} molecular square. A. Mondal, Y. Li, L. M. Chamoreau, M. Seuleiman, E. Rivière, L. Rechignat, M. L. Boillot, A. Bousseksou and R. Lescouëzec*: Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 2893.

3. W-Co discrete complex exhibiting Photo- and Thermo-Induced Magnetization. A. Mondal, Y. Li, L. M. Chamoreau, Y. Journaux, M. Seuleiman and R. Lescouëzec*: Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19, 7682.

2. Cyanide and hydroxo-bridged nanocage: a new generation of coordination clusters. A. Mondal, S. Durdevik, L. M. Chamoreau, Y. Journaux, M. Julve, L. Lisnard and R. Lescouëzec*: Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 1181.

1. On/Off-Photoswitch in a Cyanide-bridged {Fe2Co2} Magnetic Molecular Square. A. Mondal, Y. Li, M. Seuleiman, M. Julve, L. Toupet, M. B. L. Coint* and R. Lescouëzec*: J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 1653.