I am a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University. My research interests range from the physics of molecular magnets to the function of metal ions in bio-inorganic systems. I use a variety of experimental techniques to investigate the physical properties of such systems. I have used inelastic neutron scattering extensively in combination with techniques such as electron paramagnetic resonance, and hall bar magnetometry. Recently I am focused on the use of synchrotron methods including soft x-ray magnetic circular dichroism, x-ray absorption spectroscopy and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering.

My current activities are supported by a Human Frontiers Science Foundation fellowship working for Prof. Ed Solomon. I obtained a Ph.D. from The University of Manchester, jointly supervised by Prof. David Collison, Prof. Eric J. L. McInnes,  and Prof. Richard E. P. Winpenny, having received a Ph.D. student fellowship from Institut Laue Langevin, Grenoble, co-supervised by Dr. Hannu Mutka and Prof. Hans U. Güdel. Benefiting from a Japanese society for the promotion of science fellowship I worked for two years with Prof. Hiroyuki Nojiri at Tohoku University.

See my google scholar page hereresearcherID here and researchgate page here.


Studies of a Large Odd-Numbered Odd-Electron Metal Ring: Inelastic Neutron Scattering and Muon Spin Relaxation Spectroscopy of Cr8Mn

M. L. Baker, T. Lancaster,  A. Chiesa, G. Amoretti, P. J. Baker, C. Barker, S. J. Blundell, S. Carretta, D. Collison, H. U. Gidel, T. Guidi,  E. J. L. McInnes, J. S. Möller, H. Mutka, J. Ollivier, F. L. Pratt, P. Santini, F. Tuna, P. L. W. Tregenna-Piggott, I. J. Vitorica-Yrezabal, G. A. Timco, and R. E. P. Winpenny.

Chem. Eur. J. 22, 1779-1788, (2016) [CEJ]

Relationship between Torsion and Anisotropic Exchange Coupling in a Tb(III)-Radical Based Single Molecule Magnet

Michael L. Baker, Takuya Tanaka,  Rina Murakami, Seiko Ohira-Kawamura, Kenji Nakajima, Takayuki Ishida and Hiroyuki Nojiri.

Inorg. Chem. 54, 5732-5738, (2015) [IC]

 A ferromagnetically coupled Fe42 cyanide-bridged nanocage.

S. Kang, H. Zheng, T. Liu, K. Hamachi, S. Kanegawa, K. Sugimoto, Y. Shiota, S. Hayami, M. Mito, T. Nakamura, M. Nakano, M. L. Baker, H. Nojiri, K. Yoshizawa, C. Duan and O. Sato.

Nat. Commun. 6, 5955 (2015) [NC]
 13   Molecular Nanomagnets and Related Phenomena 

Book Chapter: Spectroscopy Methods for Molecular Nanomagnets

Michael L Baker, Stephen J Blundell, Neus Domingo, Stephen Hill

Molecular Nanomagnets and Related Phenomena, Structure and Bonding 164, 231-291 (2015) [SB]

A Detailed Study of the Magnetism of Chiral {Cr7M} Rings: An Investigation into Parametrization and Transferability of Parameters

Elena Garlatti, Morten A. Albring, Michael L. Baker, Rebecca J. Docherty, Hannu Mutka, Tatiana Guidi, Victoria Garcia Sakai, George F. S. Whitehead, Robin G. Pritchard, Grigore A. Timco, Floriana Tuna, Giuseppe Amoretti, Stefano Carretta, Paolo Santini, Giulia Lorusso, Marco Affronte, Eric J. L. McInnes, David Collison, and Richard E. P. Winpenny.

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 136, 9763-9772 (2014) [JACS]

X-ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism Investigation of the Electron Transfer Phenomena Responsible for Magnetic Switching in a Cyanide-Bridged [CoFe] Chain

Michael L. Baker, Yasutaka Kitagawa, Tetsuya Nakamura, Kou Tazoe, Yasuo Narumi, Yoshinori Kotani, Fumichika Iijima, Graham N. Newton, Mitsutaka Okumura, Hiroki Oshio, and Hiroyuki Nojiri.

Inorg. Chem., 24, 13956–13962 (2013) [IC]


A new family of trinuclear nickel(II) complexes as single molecule magnets

Rituparna Biswas, Yumi Ida, Michael L. Baker, Saptarshi Biswasa, Paramita Kara,
Hiroyuki Nojiri, Takayuki Ishida and Ashutosh Ghosh.

Chem. Eur. J., 19, 3943-3953 (2013) [CEJ]


A classification of spin frustration in molecular magnets from a physical study of large odd-numbered-metal, odd electron rings

Michael L. Baker, Grigore A. Timco, Stergios Piligkos, Jennifer S. Mathieson, Hannu Mutka, Floriana Tuna, Piotr Kozłowski, Michał Antkowiak, Tatiana Guidi, Tulika Gupta, Harapriya Rath, Robert J. Woolfson, Grzegorz Kamieniarz, Robin G. Pritchard, Høgni Weihe, Leroy Cronin, Gopalan Rajaraman, David Collison, Eric J. L. McInnes and Richard E. P. Winpenny.

Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 109, 19113-19118 (2012) [pnas]

Neutron spectroscopy of molecular nanomagnets

Michael L. Baker and Hannu Mutka.

Eur. Phys. J. Special Topics 213, 53–68 (2012) [EPJST]

Spin dynamics of molecular nanomagnets unravelled at atomic scale by four-dimensional inelastic neutron scattering

Michael L. Baker, Tatiana Guidi, Stefano Carretta, Jacques Ollivier, Hannu Mutka, Hans U. Güdel, Grigore A. Timco, Eric J. L. McInnes, Giuseppe Amoretti, Richard E. P. Winpenny and Paolo Santini.

Nature Phys. 8, 906–911 (2012)  [np]

See the Nature Physics News and Reviews article:

Molecular magnets: Lord of the rings

Christian Rüegg, Nature Phys., 8, 859–860 (2012) [np]


Inelastic Neutron Scattering Studies on the Odd Antiferromagnetic Wheel Cr8Ni

Michael L. Baker, Oliver Waldmann, Stergios Piligkos, Roland Bircher, Olivier Cador, Stefano Carretta, David Collison, Felix Fernandez-Alonso, Eric J. L. McInnes, Hannu Mutka, Andrew Podlesnyak, Floriana Tuna, Stefan Ochsenbein, Roberta Sessoli, Andreas Sieber, Grigore A. Timco, Høgni Weihe, Hans U. Güdel, and Richard E. P. Winpenny.

Phys. Rev. B. 86, 064405 (2012) [prb]  [pdf]


Chromium chains as polydentate fluoride ligands for lanthanides

Andrew McRobbie, Asad R. Sarwar, Steven Yeninas, Harriott Nowell, Michael L. Baker, David Allan, Marshall Luban, Christopher A. Muryn, Robin G. Pritchard, Ruslan Prozorov, Grigore A. Timco, Floriana Tuna, George F. S. Whitehead and Richard E. P. Winpenny.

 Chem. Commun. 47, 6251 (2011) [cc]

Modification of the magnetic properties of a heterometallic wheel by inclusion of a Jahn-Teller distorted Cu(II) ion.

Michael. L. Baker, S. Piligkos, A. Bianchi, S. Carretta, D. Collison, E. J. L. McInnes, H. Mutka, G. A. Timco, F. Tuna, H. Weihe, H. U. Güdel, and R. E. P. Winpenny.

Dalton Trans. 40, 8533 (2011) [dt]

Varying Spin State Composition by the Choice of Capping Ligand in A Family of Molecular Chains: Detailed Analysis of Magnetic Properties of Chromium(III) Horseshoes.

Michael L. Baker Alberto Bianchi Stefano Carretta David Collison Rebecca J. Docherty Eric J. L. Mclnnes Andrew McRobbie Christopher A. Muryn Hannu Mutka Stergios Piligkos Marzio Rancan Paolo Santini Grigore A. Timco Philip L. W. Tregenna-Piggott Floriana Tuna Hans U. Güdel and Richard E. P. Winpenny.

Dalton. Trans. 40, 2725 (2011) [dt]

Synthesis and Structural, Magnetic and EPR Characterization of Discrete Finite Antiferromagnetic Chains

Michael L. Baker, Marzio Rancan, Floriana Tuna, G. A. Timco, D. Collison, H. Mutka, H. U. Güdel, R. J. Pritchard, R. E. P. Winpenny and E. J. L. McInnes.,

Appl. Magn. Reson. 37, 685 (2010) [amr]

Radio-frequency spectroscopy of the low-energy spectrum of the magnetic molecule Cr12Cu2.

Catalin Martin, Larry Engelhardt, Michael L. Baker, Grigore A. Timco, Floriana Tuna, Richard E. P. Winpenny, Philip L. W. Tregenna-Piggott, Marshall Luban, and Ruslan Prozorov.

Phys. Rev. B. 80, 100407 (2009) [prb] [pdf]

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