Ferromagnetic chromium discovered!

Dr Shengfu Yang in the NanoChemistry Group has discovered ferromagnetism in antiferromagnetic chromium for the first time. The ferromagnetism is due to the abundant unbalanced surface spins created in the chromium nanoparticles as they grow via a frustrated aggregation process in superfluid helium. This finding suggests that antiferromagnetic elements such as chromium and manganese can be incorporated into novel nanomagnets with improved magnetic properties if properly tailored (Advanced Materials 29, 1604277, 2017).

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