New National Academy Member

MagLab Director Greg Boebinger named member of the National Academy of Sciences, considered one of the highest honors a scientist can receive.

MagLab Director Greg Boebinger

First Duplex Results

Studying an unusual Kondo insulator in the new 75 T duplex magnet at the Pulsed Field Facility reveals an exotic new phase of matter.

You Lai (left) and Johanna Palmstrom (right) use the new duplex magnet at the Los Alamos MagLab Pulsed Field Facility. The same magnet was recently used for the first time in a series of experiments on the exotic Kondo insulator YbB12.

Next-Generation Catalysts

New measurements from the Series Connected Hybrid magnet show the structure of industrially-important boron-based catalysts and pave way for catalysts of the future.

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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


  • First Science from the 75T Duplex Magnet
    28 April 2021
    First Science from the 75T Duplex Magnet

    Duplex magnets use two independent coils powered by capacitor banks to reduce the driven voltages and provide more design flexibility to maximize the generated magnetic fields. The Pulsed Field Facility developed such a duplex magnet to generate magnetic field up to 76.8 Tesla using existing 16-kV, 4-MJ capacitor bank (cap-bank) that now provides important information on a new state of matter in YbB12.

  • Structure of Boron-Based Catalysts from 11B Solid-State NMR at 35.2T
    28 April 2021
    Structure of Boron-Based Catalysts from 11B Solid-State NMR at 35.2T

    Measurements performed at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory provide unique insight into molecular structure of next-generation catalysts for the production of the widely used industrial chemical, propene.

  • Sunlight Produces Water-Soluble Chemicals from Asphalt
    29 March 2021
    Sunlight Produces Water-Soluble Chemicals from Asphalt

    Road asphalt is made from aggregate (rocks) mixed with a "binder” from the residue remaining after extraction of gasoline and oils from petroleum crude oil. Until recently, this binder was thought to be chemically unreactive. Maglab scientists subjected a thin film of asphalt binder to simulated sunlight in the laboratory and used ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry to reveal thousands of new, water-soluble chemicals that could be released into the environment by rainfall.

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Featured Publications


First Science from the 75T Duplex Magnet, D. N. Nguyen, et al., IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, 30 (4), 0500105 (2020), See Science Highlight or Read online 

Structure of Boron-Based Catalysts from 11B Solid-State NMR at 35.2T, R.W. Dorn, et al., American Chemical Society Catalysis, 10, 13852-13866 (2020), See Science Highlight or Read online 

Sunlight Produces Water-Soluble Chemicals from Asphalt, S. F. Niles, et al., Environmental Science and Technology, 54 (24), 8830-8836 (2020), Dataset, See Science Highlight or Read online 

Tracking the Potential for Damage in Nb3Sn Superconducting Coils from the Hardness of Surrounding Copper, S. Balachandran, et al., Superconductor Science and Technology, 34, 025001 (2021) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Broadening Participation in DC Field Facility by Bridging a Research Infrastructure Gap, C. Dhital, et al., Physical Review B, 102, 224408 (2020) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Using Magnetic Resonance to Probe Lipid Synthesis in Response to Ketogenic Diet , M.S. Muyyarikkandy, et al., The FASEB Journal, 2020;00:1–18 See Science Highlight or Read online 

Spontaneous "Valley Magnetization" in an Atomically-thin Semiconductor, J. Li, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 125, 147602 (2020) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Spin-Charge Interconversion at Near-Terahertz Frequencies, P. Vaidya, Science, 368, 160-165 (2020) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Tunable Weyl Fermions in Chiral Tellurene in High Magnetic Fields, G. Qiu, Nature Nanotechnology, 15, 585–591 (2020) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Deuterium Magnetic Resonance Can Detect Cancer Metabolism by Measuring the Formation of Deuterated Water, R. Mahar, Nature Scientific Reports, 10 (1), 8885 (2020) See Science Highlight or Read online 

High magnetic fields reveal hidden magnetism in a cuprate superconductor, M. Frachet, Nature Physics, 16, 1745-2481 (2020) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Smart Non-Linear Transport Technique Expands the Frontier of Superconductor Research, M. Leroux., Physical Review Applied, 11, 054005 (2019) See Science Highlight or Read online