Happy Earth Day!

Celebrate April 22 by reading about an international science team that pieced together a puzzle about biochar, a promising tool in the fight against global warming.

Esprit de Char Graphic by Caroline McNiel

MagLab to Receive $184M NSF Renewal Grant

The National Science Foundation announces five-year funding grant for continued operation of the world’s most powerful magnet lab.

Scientists from the University of California, Santa Barbara conduct research on a 35-tesla magnet in the lab's DC Field Facility.

A Year at the MagLab

Want to understand the scope and impact of the National MagLab in just a few minutes? Check out this short-and-sweet brochure.

2017 At a Glance - MagLab Annual Report

"CellBert" Named Lab MVB

The MagLab hit pay dirt with this handy hire, who works tirelessly to keep magnet areas spick and span and is much admired by co-workers.

Robot vacuum

Wire Insulation Will Enable Stronger Magnets

With a novel coating for a high-temperature superconducting wire, the MagLab paves the way to record-strong nuclear magnetic resonance magnets.

(a) The Bi-2212 insulation system. (b) Insulated conductor on a spool. (c) Cross-section of the 0.8mm diameter Bi-2212 wire featuring a particularly thick layer of insulation.

Quantum Hall Edge States in Bilayer Graphene

Scientists have constructed a map that will aid future exploration of a material that promises to transform technology.

Left: The variable coupling of edge states between two lateral quantum Hall states (blue regions). Right: R34 vs tunnel barrier gate voltage, which controls the barrier height.

Research Initiatives

Research Initiatives - Materials

MATERIALS

Scientists use our magnets to explore semiconductors, superconductors, newly-grown crystals, buckyballs and materials from the natural world — research that reveals the secret workings of materials and empowers us to develop new technologies.

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Research Initiatives - Energy

ENERGY

Scientists here are working to optimize petroleum refining, advance potential bio-fuels such as pine needles and algae, and fundamentally change the way we store and deliver energy by developing better batteries.

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Research Initiatives - Life

LIFE

With the world’s strongest MRI magnet, scientists here study everything from living animals to individual cells, from proteins to disease-fighting molecules found in plants and animals — work that could improve treatment of AIDS, cancer, Alzheimer’s and other diseases.

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Latest Science Highlights


  • Novel metallofullerene boosts dynamic nuclear polarization
    17 April 2018
    Novel metallofullerene boosts dynamic nuclear polarization

    In this study, researchers added a low concentration of the endohedral metallofullerene (EMF) Gd2@C79N to DNP samples, finding that 1H and 13C enhancements increased by 40% and 50%, respectively, at 5 teslas and 1.2 Kelvin.

  • Ceramic insulation for high-temperature superconducting wire
    19 March 2018
    Ceramic insulation for high-temperature superconducting wire

    MagLab scientists and engineers have developed a special coating on Bi-2212 superconducting wire for electrical insulation in superconducting magnets that will enable the wire to be used in ultra-high field nuclear magnetic resonance magnets.

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Featured Publications


Novel Metallofullerene Boosts Dynamic Nuclear Polarization, X. Wang, et al., Chem. Comm., 54, 2425-2428 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Ceramic Insulation for High-Temperature Superconducting Wire, H.Kandel, et al., Supercond. Sci. Technol., 28 (3) 035010 (2015) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Switchable Transmission of Quantum Hall Edge States in Bilayer Graphene, J. Li, et al., Physical Review Letters, 120, 057701 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Targeted Annotation of Peptides by Selective Infrared Multiphoton Dissociation Mass Spectrometry, N.B. Borotto, et al., Analytical Chemistry, 89, 8304-8310 (2017) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Exciton States in a New Monolayer Semiconductor, A.V. Stier, et al., Physical Review Letters, 120, 057405 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

A magnetic topological semimetal Sr1-yMn1-zSb2(y, z < 0.1), J.Y. Liu, et al., Nature Materials, 16, 905–910 (2017) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Bi-2223 High-Temperature Superconducting Test Coils for NMR Magnets, W.S. Marshall, et al., IEEE Trans Appl Supercond, 27, 4, (2017) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Reversible magnetic switching in a new multifunctional molecular material, J. Vallejo, et al., Chem. Sci. 8, 3694-3702 (2017) See Science Highlight or Read online