Magnetism is one of the most intriguing phenomena observed in nature. Magnetism is relevant to physics and geology, biology and chemistry. Traditional magnets, an ubiquitous part of many everyday gadgets, are made of heavy iron- or nickel based materials. Recently there have been reports on the observation of magnetism in carbon, a very light and biocompatible element. Metal-free carbon structures exhibiting magnetic ordering represent a new class of materials and open a novel field of research that could lead to many new technologies.

Key Features

· The most complete, detailed, and accurate Guide in the magnetism of carbon · Dynamically written by the leading experts · Deals with recent scientific highlights · Gathers together chemists and physicists, theoreticians and experimentalists · Unified treatment rather than a series of individually authored papers · Description of genuine organic molecular ferromagnets · Unique description of new carbon materials with Curie temperatures well above ambient.


Physicists, Chemists and Biologists.


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About the authors

Tatiana Makarova

Tatiana Makarova’s research interests are in carbon-60 solids. In 2001, as a member of an international team from Sweden, Germany, Brazil and Russia she found a small ferromagnetic signal in a polymerized form of fullerene. This experiment proved to be the catalyst for the current interest in magnetic carbon.

Affiliations and Expertise

Umea Universitet, Umea, Sweden and Ioffe PTI, St. Petersburg, Russia

Fernando Palacio

Fernando Palacio is Professor of Research of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas at the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón and member of the Condensed Matter Physics Department at the University of Zaragoza. His research interests are in molecular magnetism, the magnetism of disordered antiferromagnets and magnetic nanocomposites, where he has published over two hundred research articles and edited two books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragon CSIC, Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain