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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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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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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

  • Magnetic field driven phase transition in underdoped YBCO
    20 November 2015
    Magnetic field driven phase transition in underdoped YBCO

    Just as all matter may exist in the three famous everyday phases — solid, liquid and gas — complex materials may exist in a combination of subtle phases not apparent to the eye. This finding shows that a class of materials, which all contain copper oxide and are known to exhibit a variety of subtle phases, may have even more complexity than thought. And, in fact, some phases are brought about not by changes in temperature but magnetic field.

  • Cell phone technology makes for versatile NMR probes
    19 November 2015
    Cell phone technology makes for versatile NMR probes

    Inspired by the SIM card technology used in modern cell phones, MagLab engineers designed and built a versatile magnet probe that makes it easier and more efficient for scientists to see the structure of molecules.

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Featured Publications

Thermodynamic signature of a magnetic-field-driven phase transition within the superconducting state of an underdoped cuprate, J. B. Kemper, et al., Nature Physics, 10.1038/nphys3502 (2015) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Successive Field-induced Transitions and Colossal Magnetoelectric Effect in Ni3TeO6, J. W. Kim, et al., Phys. Rev. Letters, Rev. 115, 137201 (2015) See Science Highlight or Read online 

The aldimine effect in bis(imino)pyridine complexes: non-planar nickel(I) complexes of a bis(aldimino)pyridine ligand, B.R. Reed, et al., Chem. Commun., 51, 6496-6499 (2015) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Quantum oscillations in a two-dimensional electron gas in black phosphorus thin films, L. Li, et al., Nature Nanotechnology, 10, 608–613 (2015) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Paired single residue-transposed Lys-N and Lys-C digestions for label-free identification of N-terminal and C-terminal MS/MS peptide product ions: ultrahigh resolution Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry and tandem mass spectrometry for peptide de novo sequencing, N. C. Brownstein, et al., Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 29, 659-666 (2015) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Quasiparticle mass enhancement approaching optimal doping in a high-Tc superconductor, B. J. Ramshaw, et al., Science, 348:6232 (317-320). 2015 See Science Highlight or Read online 

An Investigation into the Longitudinal Identity Trajectories of Women in STEM, R. Hughes, Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 21(2), (2015) See Science Highlight or Read online