Studying Online STEM Programs

A new $1.9 million grant will explore how online STEM learning can yield improved STEM identity in girls.

SciGirls Coding campers

Mystery of MRI Stroke Signal

This research reveals the origins of MRI signal changes which have been a long-standing and vexatious mystery for scientists for decades.

Diffusion MR microscopy of a sea slug neuron at 7.8 μM resolution (left) The cellular structures can also be identified using 40X traditional light microscopy (right).

CORC Conductor

New work reveals insights to improve contact between multifilament conductors.

A Conductor on Round Core

EMR Quantum Development

Chemists have been able to enhance electron spin coherence via engineering of so-called clock transitions in molecular magnets which may help yield next-generation quantum technologies.

Pulsed electron spin-echo spectra recorded at 94GHz and 5K, for the three compounds shown

R&D 100 Award

The 32T world's strongest superconducting magnet wins "Oscars of Innovation" and recognized as a top 100 revolutionary technology.

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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


  • High temperature superconducting CORC® cabling technology
    12 September 2022
    High temperature superconducting CORC® cabling technology

    Large superconducting magnets need multi-conductor cables, which act like multi-lane freeways to allow electricity to switch lanes if one gets blocked. Here cross-sectional images of CORC wires reveal insights to improve the contact between conductors. 

  • A Quantum Development: Massive Hyperfine Interaction in a Lu(II) Qubit
    12 September 2022
    A Quantum Development: Massive Hyperfine Interaction in a Lu(II) Qubit

    Electron spin coherence was enhanced through engineering of so-called clock transitions in molecular magnets, an advance in quantum computing strategies. The use of clock transitions to enhance quantum coherence is employed in trapped-ion quantum computers, an approach that may also be viable in magnetic molecules to yield next-generation quantum technologies. 

  • Mystery of the Origin of MRI Signal in Stroke Solved
    12 September 2022
    Mystery of the Origin of MRI Signal in Stroke Solved

    MRI scans taken after a stroke show brightness around the injury, the origins of which have been a long-standing and vexatious mystery for scientists. This work suggests these MRI signal changes result from fluid changes in glial cell volumes, results that could advance our ability to distinguish reversible and irreversible stroke events or provide a better understanding for other disorders such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and mood or sleep disorders. 

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Featured Publications


Microstructure of Glidcop AL-60, Y. Xin, et al., IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, 32 (6), 7100105 (2022), See Science Highlight or Read online 

Surprising Rigidity of Functionally Important Water Molecules Buried in the Lipid Headgroup Region, R. Zhang, et al., Journal of the American Chemical Society, 144, 7881-7888 (2022), See Science Highlight or Read online 

NMR FAIR Data - Effects of Natural Selection on the Phase-Separation Properties of an RNA-Binding Protein in Mammals, P. Dasmeh, et al., Molecular Biology and Evolution, 2021, Vol 38 (3), 940–951, See Science Highlight or Read online 

One-way Optical Transparency at Telecommunications Wavelengths, K. Park, et al., Nature Quantum Materials (npj), 7 (1), 38 (2022), See Science Highlight or Read online 

The Blood Proteoform Atlas: A reference map of proteoforms in human blood cells, R. D. Melani, et al., Science, 375 (6579), 411-419, See Science Highlight or Read online 

Crossover Between Strongly Coupled and Weakly Coupled Exciton Superfluids, X. Liu, et al., Science, 375 (6577), 205-209 (2022), See Science Highlight or Read online 

Isolation of a Triplet Benzene Dianion, C. A. Gould, et al., Nature Chemistry, 13, 1001-1005 (2021), See Science Highlight or Read online 

New correlated quasiparticles in an atomically-thin semiconductor, J. Li, et al., Nano Letters, 22, 426 (2022), See Science Highlight or Read online 

Magnetostriction in AlFe2B2 at 25 T Measured by X-Ray Diffraction, S. Sharma, et al., Physical Review Materials, 5, 064409 (2021), See Science Highlight or Read online 

Understanding How Fungi Build Their Cell Walls for Protection, A. Chakraborty, et al., Nature Communications, 12, 6346 (2021), See Science Highlight or Read online 

Quantum Rivals in Nitride Materials, P. Dang, et al., Science Advances, 7 (8), eabf1388 (2021), See Science Highlight or Read online