Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 54, Issue 7, pp 5551–5560 | Cite as

Multistate magnetoresistance in zigzag-edge trigonal graphene magnetic junctions

  • Guangmeng He
  • Shuai Qiu
  • Yangjun Cui
  • Cuiju Yu
  • Yuanyuan Miao
  • Guangping Zhang
  • Junfeng Ren
  • Chuan-Kui Wang
  • Guichao HuEmail author
Computation and theory


Using density functional theory combined with nonequilibrium Green’s function method, spin-dependent transport through a zigzag-edge trigonal graphene molecule coupled with two ferromagnets was investigated. The results reveal that due to the intrinsic magnetism of the central graphene nanoflake, four spin configurations of the device can be achieved. By calculating the current–voltage characteristic, a three-state magnetoresistance effect is obtained companied with a large spin filtering efficiency. The intrinsic mechanism is explored as different shifts of the spin-split frontier molecular orbitals depending on the spin configurations of the device. This work indicates an intriguing prospect of graphene nanoflakes in designing novel spintronic devices, such as multistate magnetoresistance devices.



Support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11704230, 11674197), and the Taishan Scholar Project of Shandong Province are gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guangmeng He
    • 1
  • Shuai Qiu
    • 1
  • Yangjun Cui
    • 1
  • Cuiju Yu
    • 1
  • Yuanyuan Miao
    • 1
  • Guangping Zhang
    • 1
  • Junfeng Ren
    • 1
  • Chuan-Kui Wang
    • 1
  • Guichao Hu
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Shandong Province Key Laboratory of Medical Physics and Image Processing Technology, School of Physics and ElectronicsShandong Normal UniversityJinanChina

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