About the Seminar:
Control of electronic spin relaxation, via synthetic chemistry, is an important area of research for quantum information technology and next-generation medical imaging techniques. In particular, when considering the electronic relaxation of discrete molecules, the local environment (including nearby spins) plays a significant role in the rate at which spins relax. In this seminar, I will discuss my ongoing research efforts towards understanding how synthetic chemistry can be leveraged to design more favorable environments for electron spin relaxation. Towards this goal, I will show how changing the identity of the metal ions in the solid state can produce more favorable relaxation times even in the presence of unpaired electrons. I will then talk about my recent efforts to design next-generation imaging probes using exchange coupled, dinuclear metal complexes.