Research
 
Ohkoshi laboratory are trying to open a new field of solid state chemistry by design and synthesis of novel magnets which have novel properties and functionalities. The summaries are described by the phenomena as follows.

1. Discovery of a "heat-storage ceramic"
2. Microscopy probe to observe strong magnets using rustproof ferrite bar magnet which withstands strong magnetic field and electric current
3. Development of a magnetic recording tape using epsilon iron oxide
4. The world's smallest hard ferrite magnet
5. 90-degree optical switching of output light in the first chiral photomagnet
6. Hard magnetic ferrite with gigantic coercivity and high frequency millimeter wave rotation
7. Synthesis of a metal oxide with a room-temperature photoreversible phase transition
8. Light-induced spin-crossover magnet
9. Synthesis of metal complexes with novel magnetic functionalities
10. Magnetic property in metal oxides

First Principles calculations of light-colored ε-Fe2O3
(2017.1)

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Photo-magnetization and first-principles calculations of a cyanide-bridged Co-W bimetal assembly
(2016.12)

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Magnetic metal complex with high thermal durability
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90° optical switching in chiral photomagnet
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SHG active lantanide-based magnetic metal complex
(2017.1)

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ε-Fe2O3: Hard magnetic ferrite
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"ε-Fe2O3: An advanced nanomaterial"
(2010.12)

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A high-performance photo-reversible magnet
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High performance and cheap electromagnetic wave absorber
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High-performance light-induced magnetization in Co-W bimetallic assembly
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Millimeter wave absorber based on iron oxide
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Novel magnetic functionalities of Prussian blue analogs
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Molecular magnet with solvent effect synthesized using bidentate ligands
(2016.3)

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A cyano-bridged V-Nb bimetal assembly exhibiting a high Curie temperature of 210 K
(2012.6)

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Molecular magnet showing structural anisotropy
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Humidity and alcohol vapor sensitive metal complexes
(2015.1)

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Photo-magnetic cyano bridged metal assemblies
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Room-temperature photoreversible phase transition material (2010.5)
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Chemical-sensing magnet (Alcohol vapor)
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Ferroelectric-ferromagnetic cyano-bridged metal assembly (2007.4)
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Compounds with novel magnetic functionalities
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Front Cover of Rigakubu News iHard magnetic ferrite: ε-Fe2O3j
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Front Cover of Rigakubu News i90 degree optical switching in chiral photomagnet)
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1. Discovery of a "heat-storage ceramic"
Researchers at the University of Tokyo have discovered a new type of material which stores heat energy for a prolonged period, which they have termed a gheat storage ceramic.h This new material can be used as heat storage material for solar heat energy generation systems or efficient use of industrial heat waste, enabling recycling of heat energy, since the material releases the stored heat energy on demand by application of weak pressure.
Materials capable of storing heat include those such as bricks or concrete that slowly release the stored heat, and others such as water or ethylene glycol that take in heat when they transform from a solid to a liquid. However, none of these materials can store heat energy over a long period as they naturally release it slowly over time. A material that could store heat energy for a long time and release it at the exact timing desired would be a boon for the field of renewable energy.
The heat storage ceramic discovered by the research group of Professor Ohkoshi at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Science preserves heat energy for a prolonged period. This material, called stripe-type-lambda-trititanium-pentoxide, is composed of only titanium atoms and oxygen atoms, and can absorb and release a large amount of heat energy (230 kJ L-1). This heat energy stored is large at approximately 70% of the latent heat energy of water at its melting point. Additionally, applying a weak pressure of 60 MPa to stripe-type-lambda-trititanium-pentoxide induces a phase transition to beta-trititanium-pentoxide, releasing the stored heat energy. Besides direct application of heat, heat energy can be stored by passing an electric current through the material or irradiating it with light, enabling the repeated absorption and release of heat energy by a variety of methods.
Stripe-type-lambda-trititanium-pentoxide is a simple titanium oxide composed of abundant elements and is environmentally friendly. The present heat-storage ceramic is expected to be a new candidate for use in solar heat power generation systems, which are actively promoted nowadays by European countries, and also for efficient use of industrial heat waste. This material also has possibilities for use for advanced electronic devices such as pressure-sensitive sheets, reusable heating pads, pressure-sensitive conductivity sensors, electric current driven type resistance random access memory (ReRAM), and optical memory.
(H. Tokoro, S. Ohkoshi, et al., Nature Communications, (2015).)
*This topic was appeared on Nature Japan "Focused Articles", Yomiuri newspaper, Nikkei newspaper, Nikkei Business Daily newspaper, Nikkan Kogyo newspaper, the Chemical Daily newspaper, Yahoo! news, and other many journals and newspapers.


2. Microscopy probe to observe strong magnets using rustproof ferrite bar magnet which withstands strong magnetic field and electric current
We have developed a magnetic force microscopy probe, enabling observation of the surface of strong magnets and in-field measurements (measurements under a magnetic field), both difficult with conventional techniques. This was made possible by the development of a submicrometer size, extremely powerful ideal ferrite bar magnet. Ferrite bar magnets are composed of abundant and low cost materials and have been used in toys, stationery, and crafts. Typical black ferrite bar magnets are produced by hot pressing magnetic powder, and therefore, the bar magnet cannot be a single magnetic domain material (magnetic material with one pair of N-pole and S-pole). In this reserach, we succeeded in developing an ideal single crystal hard ferrite bar magnet with a single magnetic domain. Instead of compressing magnetic powder, the magnets were produced by using a unique chemical synthesis method, the combination of the reverse-micelle and sol-gel methods. This bar magnet is a submicrometer size single crystal ferrite bar magnet composed of epsilon ferric oxide (-Fe2O3), whose magnetic poles do not easily flip with even under strong magnetic field, and it is resistant to strong magnetic field, electric current, and also does not rust. Taking advantage of these properties, the research group developed a probe for magnetic force microscopy (MFM) and a paint and film using the material as a high frequency millimeter wave absorber. This ferrite bar magnet is expected to find applications in the emerging Internet of Things as a high frequency millimeter wave absorbing material for safe driving support systems and the ferrite magnet we have developed in this research will be displayed in the special exhibition at the Science Museum, London from 15th July 2016.
(S. Ohkoshi, et al., Scientific Reports, (2016).)
*This topic was appeared on Nikkei Business Daily newspaper, the Science News, Yahoo! News, and EE Times.


3. Development of a magnetic recording tape using epsilon iron oxide
We developed a new series of nanomagnet based on epsilon iron oxide (-Fe2O3), -Ga0.31Ti0.05Co0.05Fe1.59O3, where Fe ions of -Fe2O3 are substituted by three metal ions, i.e., gallium ion, titanium ion, and cobalt ion. By controlling the metal substitution ratios, the coercive field of this metal-substituted epsilon iron oxide was tuned to a suitable value for magnetic recording of 3 kOe. The magnetization value also improved from -Fe2O3 by 44%. The present epsilon iron oxide nanomagnet was then synthesized in a medium-size production scale (5 kg), and a trial production of a magnetic tape was developed. The regenerative signal of the manufactured magnetic tape was very sharp, and the media noise was found to be extremely low. Therefore, The present epsilon iron oxide nanomagnet is expected as next-generation magnetic recording material for magnetic tapes in large capacity archiving.
(S. Ohkoshi, et al., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., (2016). (Hot Paper))
*This topic appeared on the Chemical Daily newspaper, Nikkan Kogyo newspaper, and the science news.


4. The world's smallest hard ferrite magnet
Research group at the University of Tokyo has successfully developed the world's smallest nanomagnet, a single-digit nanosize hard ferrite magnet composed of iron oxide. Being composed of iron and oxygen, the magnet is eco-friendly, low cost, and suitable for mass production. The magnet should find applications in high-density magnetic recording for the next generation of archive media.
Ferrite magnets made of iron oxide are widely used in permanent magnets, magnetic recording media, electromagnetic wave absorbing materials, and magnetic fluids. Ferrite magnets have found applications as magnetic recording media, but there is ever greater need to increase the storage density of such materials. One important challenge for increasing density is the development of nanometer-scale magnetic particles with a large coercivity (that is, resistance to change in magnetic state). Ferrite magnets have the chemical stability required at the nanometer scale, but since known materials cannot maintain magnetism as particle size is reduced, there were no hard ferrite magnets with a particle size of less than ten nanometers.
The research group of Professor Shin-ichi Ohkoshi in the Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo, has developed a new method to systematically synthesize epsilon-type iron oxide (ε-Fe2O3) particles of different sizes in the range of 5 to 40 nm, and revealed that ε-Fe2O3 larger than 7.5 nm exhibits magnetic properties (ferromagnetic phase transition). For use in magnetic recording media such as magnetic tape and hard discs, a material should have a coercive field larger than 3 kOe. The present material exhibits a coercive field of 5 kOe at 8 nm particle size, demonstrating its potential as a material for ultra-high density magnetic recording. In addition, epsilon-type iron oxide has been shown theoretically and experimentally to exhibit not only ferromagnetic properties but also spontaneous electric polarization, making it also the smallest multiferroic ferrite particle yet.
Iron oxide, composed of only iron and oxygen, is a suitable material for mass production since this material is eco-friendly and low cost. The developed single-nanosize hard ferrite magnet is expected to be applied in the next generation use of high-density magnetic recording for archive media.
(S. Ohkoshi, et al., Scientific Reports, (2015).)
*This topic was appeared on Nikkan Kogyo newspaper, the Chemical Daily newspaper, and Kinzoku jihyo.


5. 90-degree optical switching of output light in the first chiral photomagnet
Prof. Shin-ichi Ohkoshi's research group has discovered a novel phenomenon, where the polarization plane of the output light from the material is reversibly switched between horizontal and vertical, by introducing chirality into a photo-responsive magnet. We developed a new chiral structured magnet, where iron (Fe) ions and niobium (Nb) ions are three dimensionally bridged by cyano groups (CN). By alternatively irradiating with blue light (wavelength: 473 nanometers) and red light (wavelength: 785 nanometers), the magnetization of the material can be reversibly switched (hereafter, we call this new magnet a chiral photomagnet). Using this chiral photomagnet, we investigated second harmonic generation (a phenomenon where an input light with a particular wavelength is converted to an output light with half the wavelength), one of the nonlinear optical effects. As a result, at a nonmagnetic state before light irradiation, input light with a horizontal polarization plane was converted to an output light with a vertical polarization plane. However, when the sample was transformed into a magnetic state (photomagnetic state I) by irradiating with blue light, an output light with a horizontal polarization plane was observed. Furthermore, when irradiated with red light to generate a magnetic state with weak magnetization (photomagnetic state II), the polarization plane of the output light was returned to vertical. In this way, we succeeded in 90-degree switching of the polarization plane of the output second harmonic light by changing the state of the magnet with blue and red light. There have not been any other reports of chiral photomagnets, and this is the first successful example in the world. With the development of such a novel material, chirality and magnetic properties were coupled to exhibit 90-degree switching of the polarization plane of the output light. This switching ph enomenon, which is totally different from the conventional Faraday effect, was achieved by combining the cutting-edge technologies of optical science and material science. In this chiral photomagnet, the switching angle can be controlled from 0 to 90 degrees by changing the photo-induced magnetization value. By using the intermediate angles, n-ary systems (n = 2, 4, 8, 16, ..., 256, ...) will be possible other than the "0" and "1" binary system, which should encourage studies on advanced magneto-optical phenomena and applications for multinary notation high-density magneto-optical memory and optoelectronic devices.
(S. Ohkoshi, et al., Nature Photonics, (2014).)
*This topic was highlighted at Nature Photonics Cover Picture
and appeared on Nature Photonics "interview", Nikkei newspaper, Nikkei Business Daily newspaper, the Chemical Daily newspaper, science news, Yahoo! news, and other many journals and newspapers.


6. Hard magnetic ferrite with gigantic coercivity and high frequency millimeter wave rotation
We have synthesized a novel ferrite magnet, rhodium-substituted ε-Fe2O3 (ε-RhxFe2?xO3) nanomagnets, by a nanoscale chemical synthesis. The present material recorded a coercive field of 31 kOe, which is the largest value among metal-oxide-based magnets and is comparable to those of rare-earth magnets. In addition, ε-Rh0.14Fe1.86O3 exhibits a rotation of the polarization plane of the propagated millimeter wave at 220 gigahertz, which is one of the promising carrier frequencies for wireless communications due to its high transmittance of air (the window of air).The present magnetic ferrite has potential in future high-density magnetic recording media due to its gigantic coercivity. The present material should be useful for high frequency millimeter wave absorbers and rotators (isolators or circulators) as it should restrict electromagnetic interference problems.
(A. Namai, S. Ohkoshi, et al., Nature Communications, 3, 1035 (2012).)
This topic appeared on Nature Materials "Research highlight", Nature Japan "Focused article", Yahoo! news, and other many journals and newspapers.


7. Synthesis of a metal oxide with a room-temperature photoreversible phase transition

We have discovered a new type of metal oxide which shows reversible transition between metal and semiconductor by photo irradiation at room temperature. This new type of metal oxide (lambda type trititanium pentoxide: λ-Ti3O5) (Hereafter, it is called lambda type titanium oxide) was synthesized by the chemical technique using surfactant. This material shows photoinduced phase transition (photoinduced metal-insulator transition) from black colored lamda phase (metallic conductor) to brown colored beta phase (β-Ti3O5) (semiconductor). Moreover, the reverse phase transition was also observed by the photoirradiation. This is the first example of a metal oxide which shows photorewritable phenomenon at room temperature. Lamda titanium oxide is a simple material that consists only of titanium atom and oxygen atom, and hence it is very economical and environmentally benign material. Lamda titanium oxide is promising as a next generation optical storage material because it is obtained in a particle size of 10-20 nm. Furthermore, the lamda titanium oxide can be obtained by a simply calcination of the commercial TiO2 photocatalyst under hydrogen, which is an industrial advantage from the viewpoint of cost and mass production.
(S. Ohkoshi et al., Nature Chemistry, (2010).)
This topic appeared on Nature Chemistry "News & Views", Nature Japan, Agence France-Presse (AFP), NHK news, and other many journals and newspapers.





8. Light-induced spin-crossover magnet
We discovered a new type of photomagnet which exhibits transition from paramagnet (nonmagnetically ordered phase) to ferromagnet (magnetically ordered phase) by the blue light irradiation. The photomagnetic phase shows a ferromagnetic phase transition temperature of 20 K, which is caused by light-induced spin-crossover phenomenon, and returns to the original paramagnetic state by thermal annealing. This material is composed of iron(II) ion, niobium ion, organic ligand (4-pyridinealdoxime), and cyano group. This light-induced spin-crossover magnet contains a lot of organic molecules and this may be the first step toward flexible optical-magnetic material.
(S. Ohkoshi et al., Nature Chemistry, (2011).)
9. Synthesis of metal complexes with novel magnetic functionalities
(1) Humidity-induced magnetization and magnetic pole inversion in a cyano-bridged metal assembly
We have observed humidity-induced reversible variations in the magnetic properties of cyano-bridged metal assemblies, (CoII0.41MnII0.59)[CrIII(CN)6]2/3EzH2O. The observed magnetic humidity response is due to adsorption and desorption of a ligand water molecule on the cobalt ion, which changes CoII between a 6- and 4-fold coordination geometry and switches the magnetic interaction between ferromagnetic coupling and antiferromagnetic coupling.
(S. Ohkoshi et al., Nature Materials, 3, 857 (2004).)
(2)Spin-ionics
We observed high proton conductivities on Co[Cr(CN)6]2/3EzH2O and V[Cr(CN)6]2/3EzH2O, respectively, and an interference effect between magnetic ordering and ionic conduction below magnetic phase transition temperature. The observation of such an interference effect may open a new field, so-called, "spin-ionics".
(S. Ohkoshi et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc., (2010).)
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(3)Ferroelectric-ferromagnetic cyano-bridged metal assembly
We have observed the coexistence of ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism in Rb0.82Mn[Fe(CN)6]0.94EH2O. The ferroelectricity is due to the mixing of Fe vacancies and FeII, FeIII, MnII, and Jahn-Teller-distorted MnIII centers, and the ferromagnetism is mainly caused by a parallel ordering of the magnetic spins on the MnIII centers.
(S. Ohkoshi et al., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., (2007).)
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(4) Design and Preparation of a Novel Magnet Exhibiting Two Compensation Temperatures
We have prepared a novel type of magnet exhibiting two compensation temperatures; i.e., the spontaneous magnetization changes its sign twice with changing temperature. The key to obtaining this unusual behavior is the simultaneous incorporation of one antiferromagnetic and two different ferromagnetic interactions through the use of four different spin sources, as predicted by a calculation based on molecular field theory. As a prototype exemplifying this idea, we have prepared a Prussian blue analog, (NiII0.22MnII0.60FeII0.18)[CrIII(CN)6]2/3E5.1H2O, which exhibits magnetization reversals at 35 and 53 K.
(S. Ohkoshi et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 82, 1285 (1999).)












(5)Chemical-sensing magnet (Alcohol vapor)
A copper(II) octacyanotungsten(V)-based ferromagnet, CuII3[WV(CN)8]2(pyrimidine)2E8H2O, was prepared. This magnetic material can reversibly adsorb and desorb n-propanol vapor, and shows reversible variations in the crystal structure and magnetic properties. These changes are due to the coordination geometry switching of CuII between 6-coordinate and 5-coordinate.
(S. Ohkoshi et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 129, 3084 (2007).)
(6)Ferroelectricity in paramagnetic metal assembly
We have observed the ferroelectricity in a copper octacyanomolybdate-based paramagnet, Cu2[Mo(CN)8]E8H2O (CuII: S= 1/2, MoIV: S= 0). This compound has a freezing point for the fixation of hydrogen bonding at 150 K. Around this temperature, an enhancement in the ferroelectricity and an increase in the dielectric constant are observed. The ferroelectricity of this system is classified into amorphous ferroelectrics, i.e., the electric poling effect induces an electric polarization, maintained by the structural local-disorder of hydrogen bonding and the 3-dimensional CN network.
(K. Nakagawa et al., Inorg. Chem., 47, 10810 (2008).)

(7) Design and preparation of a bulk magnet exhibiting an inverted hysteresis loop
We have prepared a bulk magnet exhibiting an inverted magnetic hysteresis loop, i.e., the magnetization becomes negative in the decreasing part even when the applied field is still positive, while the magnetization becomes positive in the increasing part when the applied field is still negative. The key to obtaining this unusual magnet is to utilize a competing effect between the spin-flip transition and the uniaxial magnetic anisotropy. On the basis of the model calculations considering this effect, we have succeeded in synthesizing a bulk magnet, (SmIII0.52GdIII0.48)[CrIII(CN)6]E4H2O showing the inverted magnetic hysteresis loop.
(S. Ohkoshi et al., Phys. Rev. B, 64, 132404 (2001).)

(8)Molecule-based magnet with a high Curie temperature (TC= 210 K)
We prepared a cyano-bridged V-Nb bimetal assembly, K0.59VII1.59VIII0.41[NbIV(CN)8]E(SO4)0.50E6.9H2O, exhibiting ferrimagnetism with a high Curie temperature (TC) of 210 K, which is the highest TC value among octacyano-bridged bimetal assemblies. Such a high TC value derives from the high coordination number of octacyanoniobate and the strong superexchange interaction between VII(S = 3/2) and NbIV(S = 1/2) via the CN groups.
(K. Imoto, S. Ohkoshi et al., Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2649-2652 (2012).)
(9) A high-spin cluster, a two-dimensional metamagnet compound, and a pillared layer molecular-based material
We have synthesized molecular-based magnets built by octacyanometalates [M(CN)8]n- (M = Mo, W) with controlled its dimensionality. As a zero-dimensional magnet, {Mn9[W(CN)8]E24C2H5OH} cluster with the highest ground-state S = 39/2 was synthesized. Two-dimensional cyanide-bridged copper(II) octacyanotungstates were prepared and these compounds exhibited metamagnetic behavior with Neel temperatures. We reported a three-dimensional manganese(II) octacyanotungsten(V)-based magnet which contains a noncoordinated aromatic molecule.
(S. Ohkoshi et al., Chem.Commun.2003, JACS 2000, JACS 2003, and JACS 2004)
(10) Coexitence of Fe(II) spin crossover and ferromagnetism
Thermal phase transition phenomenon was observed in CsFe[Cr(CN)6]E1.3H2O, due to a spin-crossover on the Fe(II) sites. This compound also showed a spontanepus magnetization with a magnetic ordering temperature of 9 K. This is a first compound which shows spin-crossover and ferromagnetism.
(S. Ohkoshi et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 127, 8590 (2005). )


(11) A ferrimagnet with a continuous spin-crossover phenomenon
A spin-crossover from FeII(S=2)-NbIV(S=1/2)-FeII(S=2) to FeII(S=0)-NbIV(S=1/2)-FeII(S=2) occurs in Fe2[Nb(CN)8]E(3-pyCH2OH)8E4.6 H2O (3-py=3-pyridyl) with decreasing temperature. The low-temperature phase shows ferrimagnetism with a Curie temperature of 12 K owing to an antiferromagnetic interaction between the remaining FeII (S=2) and the NbIV (S=1/2) centers.
(M. Arai et al., Angew.Chem. Int. Ed., 47, 6885 (2008) )
(12) Photomagnetism
We have synthesized five types of photomagnetic materials, i.e. photo-induced magnetic pole-inversion material of (Fe0.40Mn0.60)1.5[Cr(CN)6], time-dependent photomagnetic material of RbMn[Fe(CN)6], visible light reversible photomagnetic material of Cu2[Mo(CN)8], and photomagnetic material of [{Co(3-CNpy)2}{W(CN)8}] and Fe[Cr(CN)6]. The examples are as follows;

(A) Photoinduced magnetic pole inversion
We designed the magnet exhibiting magnetic pole (N and S) inversion by photostimuli. A ferro-ferrimagnet (FeII0.40MnII0.60)1.5CrIII(CN)6E7.5H2O mixed by ferromagnetic (Fe-Cr system showing the change of magnetization by optical stimuli) site and ferrimagnetic (Mn-Cr system showing no optical response) site showed negative magnetization at the temperature lower than compensation temperature (Tcomp = 19 K). In this mixed metal cyanide magnet we have succeeded in demonstrating a novel magnetic behavior eephotoinduced magnetic pole inversionff. Moreover, the magnetic pole inversion can be induced repeatedly by alternate optical and thermal stimulations.
(S. Ohkoshi et al., Appl. Phys. Lett., 70, 1040 (1997); J. Am. Chem. Soc., 121, 10591 (1999).)
(B) Time dependent photo-induced magnetic phase
We studied on the photomagnetic effect on RbMn[Fe(CN)6]. By irradiation with only one-shot of laser pulse, magnetization of the LT phase was disappeared at 3 K. In contrast, when the LT phase was irradiated by the weak CW laser light at 3 K, the spontaneous magnetization suddenly disappeared. This demagnetization state was maintained for several minuets, and then, the magnetization abruptly recovered to the initial state.
(S. Ohkoshi et al., J. Phys. Chem B, 106, 2423 (2002); H. Tokoro et al., Appl. Phys. Lett., 82, 1245 (2003).)
(C) Photo-induced reversible magnetization
We have syntesized a visible light-induced reversible photomagnetism in CuII2[MoIV(CN)8]E8H2O. By the irradiation with a 473 nm blue light, a spontaneous magnetization with a magnetic ordering temperature (Tc) of 30 was observed. Conversely, the magnetization and Tc values were reduced by the irradiation with light above 520 nm. This photomagnetism is due to the reversible photo-induced electron transfer between paramagnetic CuII-NC-MoIV and its valence isomer CuI-NC-MoV exhibiting ferromagnetism.
(S. Ohkoshi et al., Chem. Lett., 4, 312 (2001); J. Am. Chem. Soc., 128, 270 (2006); T. Hozumi et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 127, 3864 (2005).)
(D) A high-performance photo-reversible magnet
A high-performance photo-reversible magnet has been developed. The prepared material, Co3[W(CN)8]2(pyrimidine)4E6H2O, has the three-dimensional crystal structure composed of Co and W ions. When this material was irradiated by 840 nm light, the non-magnetic (paramagnetic) phase was changed to the magnetic (ferromagnetic) phase. This photo-generated magnetic phase showed a Curie temperature of 40 K (Kelvin) and magnetic coercive field of 12 kOe (kilo Oernsted). These values are the highest values in photo-magnets reported so far. In addition, when 532 nm light was irradiated to the photo-generated magnetic phase, the reverse change, i.e., from the magnetic phase to the non-magnetic phase, was observed. This material is a high-performance photo-reversible magnet for an optical magnetic memory device on next generation (for example, optical magnetic memory media of needless external magnetic filed).
(S. Ohkoshi et al., Chem. Mater., 20, 3048 (2008).)
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(13) Colored magnetic films composed of cyano-bridged metal assemblies and magneto-optical functionalities

Magnetic thin films of (FeIIxCrII1-x)3[CrIII(CN)6]2E15H2O was electrochemically prepared by reducing aqueous solutions containing three compounds of K3[Cr(CN)6], CrCl3, and FeCl3. Their colors could be controlled by controlling the compositional factor x, e.g., colorless (x = 0), violet (x = 0.20), red (x = 0.42), and orange (x = 1). We also synthesized film-type vanadium hexacyanochromate-based magnets with high critical temperatures (Tc = 345 K) by electrochemically method. With these films, we have succeeded in observing the Faraday spectra in a ferromagnetic region for the first time among molecular-based magnet.
(S. Ohkoshi et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 120, 5349 (1998); J. Phys. Chem. B, 104, 9365 (2000).)









(14) Magnetization-induced second harmonic generation (MSHG)
Second harmonic generation (SHG) and magnetization-induced second harmonic generation (MSHG) were observed in pyroelectric ferromagnets of (FexCr1-x)1.5[Cr(CN)6]E7.5H2O thin films and piezoelectric ferromagnets of RbMn[Fe(CN)6] and CsCo[Cr(CN)6]0.5H2O.
(S. Ohkoshi et al., Electrochem. Soc. Interface, 34 (2002); K. Ikeda et al, Chem. Phys. Lett., 349, 371 (2001); T. Nuida et al, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 127, 11604 (2005).)
10. Magnetic property in metal oxides
(1) Giant coercive field of nanometer-sized iron oxide
We have recently presented a nanocrystal of iron oxide in silica matrix that exhibited the largest Hc value reported to date, 20 kOe at room temperature. This nanocrystal consisted of a particular phase of iron oxide -Fe2O3 and was obtained in silica matrix by combining reverse-micelle and sol-gel techniques.
(S. Ohkoshi et al., J. Appl. Phys., 97, 10K312 (2005); J. Jin et al., Adv. Mater., 16, 48 (2004))
(2) Magnetization-induced third harmonic generation (MTHG)
MTHG in a Bi,Al:YIG thin film was observed. In this phenomenon, a longitudinal external magnetic field to a Bi,Al:YIG magnetic film rotated the polarization plane of the TH wave. This TH rotation is understood by the contribution of the magnetic term in a third-order nonlinear optical susceptibility.
(S. Ohkoshi et al., J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, 22, 196 (2005); J. Shimura et al., Appl. Phys. Lett., 82, 3290 (2003).)
(3) Millimeter Wave Absorption

Finding a material that effectively restrains electromagnetic interference in the region of millimeter wave has received much attention. Herein, we report a new EM absorber composed of -GaxFe2-xO3 (0.10 ≦ x ≦ 0.67) nanomagnets, which shows a ferromagnetic resonance in the region of 35-147 GHz. The possibility that the ferromagnetic resonance can achieve 190 GHz at x 0 is also suggested. The magnetic material absorbing millimeter wave of such a high frequency has not been reported to date.
(S. Ohkoshi et al., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 46, 8392 (2007).)
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(4) High performance and cheap electromagnetic wave absorber
      for next generation wireless communications

A new and cheap electromagnetic (EM) wave absorber for high-speed wireless communication, which absorbs millimeter wave in the region above 180 GHz was developed. Wireless communication using millimeter wave receives one's attention as a next generation wireless communication system which realizes a fast exchange of huge data such as movie. On the other hand, electromagnetic interference (EMI) is a fatal problem in a wireless communications. To avoid potential health effect from high exposure to EM waves, unnecessary EM waves should be eliminated to protect human bodies, especially expectant mothers and children. Ohkoshi et al. developed a high-performance millimeter wave absorber composed of a series of aluminum-substituted -iron oxide, -AlxFe2-xO3, nanomagnets (0 ≦ x ≦ 0.66). This materials shows frequency selective EM absorption in the region of 94-182 GHz, depending on chemical composition. -AlxFe2-xO3 are metal oxide, therefore they are stable over long periods. Furthermore, because aluminum is the third abundant atom, -AlxFe2-xO3 are very economical, and thus, these materials are advantageous for industrial applications. Considerable application of these materials are (1) building materials for a medical room or office, paint on the bodies of a car, train, or airplane as for the prevention of EMI, (2) electronic devices such as isolator or circulator for stabilizing wireless communications.
( A. Namai, et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 131, 1170 (2009).)
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(5) Ferroelectric ferromagnet
(PLZT)x(BiFeO3)1-x solid solutions ( PLZT : (Pb0.9La0.1)(Zr0.65Ti0.35)O3 ) have been prepared by the solid-state reaction. The materials for x = 0.10-0.45 showed both magnetic hysteresis loops and ferroelectric hysteresis loops at room temperature. Moreover, a film-type of the material has been prepared by a sol-gel method and MSHG was observed with this film.
(T.Kanai and S. Ohkoshi et al., Adv. Mater., 13, 487 (2001). )


 

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