NIH Grant to Fund Migraine Research

Researchers at the National MagLab will study the role sodium plays in this painful disease and test treatments that could offer relief.

These 3D MRI images of sodium in a rat brain, acquired in the MagLab’s 21.1-tesla MRI scanner, illustrate the detail the instrument can capture. The image at left shows intracellular sodium, while the image at right shows extracellular sodium.

Taking Charge

Researchers found that batteries built from safe, inexpensive components can deliver much more juice than batteries built with lithium ion technology.

Assistant Professor Jose Mendoza-Cortes and postdoctoral researcher A. Nijamudheen teamed with researchers from Cornell to design a more efficient battery.

New Quantum State in Graphene

Previously unknown states of matter discovered in double-layer stacks of graphene showing complex interactions of electrons both within and across each graphene layer.

A new type of quasiparticle in a structure featuring two layers of graphene.

Triumph of the Trions?

Move aside, electrons; it's time to make way for the trion, a quantum bound state of three charged particles that could revolutionize information transmission.

Image shows optical generation of trions in single-layer WSe<sub>2</sub>

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Research Initiatives - 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


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


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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Featured Publications

Unconventional Field-Induced Spin Gap in an S = 1=2 Chiral Staggered Chain, J. Liu, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 122, 057207 (2019) See Science Highlight or Read online 

NMR-based Metabolomics of Coral with Resistance to Bleaching, K. E. Lohr, et al., Nature Scientific Reports, 9, 6067 (2019) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Evidence Supporting BiPd as a Topological Superconductor, M. A. Khan, et al., Phys. Rev. B Rapid Commun., 99, 020507 (2019) See Science Highlight or Read online 

In-House Fabrication of Outsert Coil 1 for the 100T Pulsed Magnet, D. N. Nguyen, et al., IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, v 26, n 4, June 2016 See Science Highlight or Read online 

High-magnetic-field MRI brain studies of disease markers, T. Roussel, et al., NMR in Biomedicine, 31, 11, e3995 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Even denominator fractional quantum Hall states in monolayer graphene, A. A. Zibrov, et al., Nature Physics, 14, 930-935 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Molecular Movements Within T-cells that Activate the Immune Responses that Attack Infected or Diseased Cells, K.N. Brazin, et al., Immunity, 49, 1 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Uncovering the Secrets of Fungal Cell Wall Architecture , X. Kang, et al., Nature communications, 9 (1), 2747 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Functionalizing Molecular Nanocarbon with Fluorine Atoms, A. Moreno-Vicente, et al., Carbon, 129, 750-757 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Quasi-2D to 3D Fermi surface topology change in Nd-doped CeCoIn5, J. Klotz, et al., Phys. Rev. B Rapid Commun., 98, 081105 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online