Quantum Fluid First

For the first time, Columbia researchers have found a delicate phase of matter in a monolayer 2D semiconductor, work that could be used in future quantum computing.

The image illustrates monolayer WSe2 hosting "composite fermions", a quasi-particle that forms due to the strong interactions between electrons and is responsible for the sequence of fractional quantum Hall states.

Correcting the Record on a COVID Protein

For membrane protein expert Tim Cross, the call to solve the structure of a misunderstood protein in COVID-19 has put retirement on hold.

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Let's Play SciBall!

Missing your sports? Fear not, nerds of the world. We invented a few geeky ones to tide you over.

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Drug-Target Dragnet

Inside the virus that causes COVID-19 are thousands of potential drug targets. As part of a global team, Lucio Frydman is hunting for the best candidates.

Lucio Frydman is part of a global team of science detectives leaving no stone unturned in their hunt for a weakness in the virus that causes COVID-19.

The Mystery of the Vanishing Crust

Using a novel technique, researchers uncover secrets hidden deep below the surface of our planet.

The scientists examined hundreds of basalt samples taken along the global ridges that contain recycled ancient oceanic crust in varying amounts. "Depleted" segments of the ridge received less than "normal" amounts of recycled crust, while "enriched" segments contained a larger proportion of recycled crust.

Stemming the Spread of COVID-19

A team of experts believes stem cells could be a route to a fast, effective therapy.

MagLab biomedical engineer Sam Grant is studying how stem cell therapies could be aimed against COVID-19.

Students: Explore the MagLab this Summer!

Register now for the FREE Summer Exploration Series, a 10 week virtual summer experience for middle and high schoolers curious about all things MagLab.

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Research Initiatives

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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Latest Science Highlights

  • Integrated Coil Form Technology for Ultra High Magnetic Fields
    23 June 2020
    Integrated Coil Form Technology for Ultra High Magnetic Fields

    Tests of the first Integrated Coil Form test coil wound using REBCO superconducting tape show promise for use in ultra powerful magnets of the future.

  • Magnetoelectric coupling at a transition between two spin states
    1 June 2020
    Magnetoelectric coupling at a transition between two spin states

    Materials with magnetoelectric coupling - a combination of magnetic and electric properties - have potential applications in low-power magnetic sensing, new computational devices and high-frequency electronics. Here, researchers find a new class of magnetoelectric materials controlled by spin state switching.

  • Molecular magnetic building blocks
    23 April 2020
    Molecular magnetic building blocks

    This study reports the first transition metal compounds featuring mixed fluoride–cyanide ligands. A significant enhancement of the magnetic anisotropy, as compared to the pure fluoride ligated compounds, is demonstrated by combined analysis of high-field electron paramagnetic resonance (HF-EPR) spectroscopy and magnetization measurements.

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Featured Publications

Molecular magnetic building blocks , J.-L. Liu, et al., Angew. Chem., February (2020) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Exploring Topological Semimetals in High Magnetic Fields , J. Liu, et al., Phys. Rev. B, 100, 195123 (2019) See Science Highlight or Read online 

MRI detects brain responses to Alzheimer’s disease plaque deposits and inflammation, L.M. Colon-Perez, et al., NeuroImage, 202, 116138 (2019) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Analytical tool for in vivo triple quantum MR signals, V.D. Schepkin Zeitschrift fur Medizinische Physik, 29 (4), 326-336 (2019) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Nuclear Spin Patterning Controls Electron Spin Coherence , C.E. Jackson, et al., , Chem. Sci., 10 (36), 8447-8454 (2019) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Influence of a nematic phase on high-temperature superconductivity , P. Reiss, et al., Nature Physics, 28, Oct (2019) See Science Highlight or Read online 

High Magnetic Field MRI Evidences Pathwaysfor Metabolic Brain Waste Clearance, K. N. Magdoom, et al., Nature Scientific Reports, 9, 11480 (2019) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Liquid State Dynamic Nuclear Polarization at High Magnetic Field, T. Dubroca, et al., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys, 21 21200-21204 (2019) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Hafnium greatly improves Nb3Sn superconductor for high field magnets, S. Balachandran, et al., Superconductor Science and Technology,32, 044006 (2019) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Why does magnetic switching occur at such high magnetic fields in Sr3NiIrO6? , K.R. O'Neal, et al., njp Quantum Materials,4, 48 (2019) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Identification of abnormal hemoglobin from human blood , L. He, et al., Clinical Chemistry,65 (8), 986-994 (2019) See Science Highlight or Read online