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23 November 2015

Scientists put knowledge on parade

The Overhauser DNP team includes (clockwise from back left) Sungsool Wi, Adewale Akinfaderin, Bianca Trociewitz and Thierry Dubroca. Dubroca and Akinfaderin will present the group's work at Discovery on Parade. The Overhauser DNP team includes (clockwise from back left) Sungsool Wi, Adewale Akinfaderin, Bianca Trociewitz and Thierry Dubroca. Dubroca and Akinfaderin will present the group's work at Discovery on Parade. David Barfield

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

Last modified on 23 November 2015