Although many are looking forward to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, that televised extravaganza is not the only procession headed our way. Tallahassee area residents who prefer more pointy-headed pageants can attend a parade that eschews hot air balloons and marching bands in favor of cutting-edge engineering, science and creativity.
Dubbed Discovery on Parade, the Dec. 1 event celebrates crystals, superconducting devices, nanocellulose and more. This week at the lab, several MagLab staffers are preparing demonstrations for the brainy showcase.
MagLab researcher Thierry Dubroca (pictured in MagLab t-shirt above with colleagues) and will be on hand to talk about a novel nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technique he is developing called Overhauser dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP). Potentially far more sensitive than other NMR techniques, Overhauser DNP is showing promise as a possible tool in drug development and diagnostics.
“If it works the way we imagine it could work, then it could have huge impact on specific applications, and therefore there’s a potential for industry to buy the technology,” said Dubroca, who will be presenting at the parade with graduate research assistant Adewale Akinfaderin. “It could be a big revolution for NMR.”
Other MagLabbers at the event will be physicists Jeffrey Whalen and Theo Siegrist representing their MagLab spinoff company, Specialized Crystal Processing; physicist Luis Balicas presenting on optoelectronic properties of field effect transistors; and Public Affairs Director Kristin Roberts talking about all things MagLab.
The event runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Florida State Conference Center.
Photo by Dave Barfield / Text by Kristen Coyne