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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Latest Science Highlights
First Science from the 75T Duplex Magnet
28 April 2021
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
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
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.
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
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