Charge-transfer induced magnetic field effects of nano-carbon heterojunctions

Sci Rep. 2014 Aug 22;4:6126. doi: 10.1038/srep06126.


Room temperature magnetic field effects have not been definitively observed in either single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) or C₆₀ under a small magnetic field due to their weak hyperfine interaction and slight difference of g-factor between positive and negative polarons. Here, we demonstrate charge-transfer induced magnetic field effects in nano-carbon C₆₀-SWCNT bulk heterojunctions at room temperature, where the mechanism of magnetic field effects is verified using excited state transition modeling. By controlling SWCNT concentrations and interfacial interactions, nano-carbon heterojunctions exhibit tunability of charge-transfer density and room temperature magnetoconductance of 2.8% under 100 mT external magnetic field. External stimuli, such as electric field and photoexcitation, also play an important role in controlling the magnetic field effects of nano-carbon heterojunctions, which suggests that these findings could enable the control of optoelectronic properties of nano-carbon heterojunctions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.