13 August 2014

MagLab and Japan join forces on high-field magnet research

Global partnership is an exciting first step.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab) has forged a global partnership with Japan's largest research institute, RIKEN, to conduct collaborative research in the area of super high-field magnets.

"This partnership is an exciting step towards the goal that we both share, superconducting Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) magnets operating at well over 1 GHz," said David Larbalestier, Director of the MagLab's Applied Superconductivity Center.

aug14 rikenMagLab Director Greg Boebinger (left) with Hideaki Madea, director of the RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies (center) and David Larbalestier, director of the MagLab's Applied Superconductivity Center.

Larbalestier signed the agreement along with MagLab Director Greg Boebinger and Hideaki Madea, the Director of the RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies during Madea's visit to the MagLab's headquarters at Florida State University on August 8, 2014.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance is a process similar to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) that examines soft tissue in the body using strong magnets and radio frequencies. This effort will expand the MagLab's suite of world-class instruments – including the 900 MHz Ultra Wide Bore NMR magnet - used by visiting scientists from around the world for research on diseases ranging from tuberculosis to Alzheimer's and cancer.

"We are making progress in high-temperature superconductivity thanks to support from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology," said Madea. "By using this technology, we will be able to build magnets with unprecedented strength, and this will have a major impact on NMR technology. With the partnership agreement we are signing today, our two organizations, which are pioneers in the field, will cooperate to incorporate high-temperature superconducting technology into a wide range of fields around the world."

This project is supported by the Japan Science and Technology Agency's Strategic Promotion of Innovative Research and Development program.

About the MagLab
The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory develops and operates state-of-the-art, high-magnetic-field facilities that faculty and visiting scientists and engineers use for research. The laboratory is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (DMR-1157490) and the state of Florida. To learn more visit www.magnet.fsu.edu.

RIKEN is Japan's largest research institute for basic and applied research. Over 2,500 papers by RIKEN researchers are published every year in leading scientific and technology journals covering a broad spectrum of disciplines including physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, and medical science. RIKEN's research environment and strong emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration and globalization has earned a worldwide reputation for scientific excellence.

About the Center for Life Science Technologies
The RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies (CLST) aims to develop key technologies for breakthroughs in medical and pharmaceutical applications by conducting ground-breaking research and development programs for next-generation life sciences. CLST comprises the Division of Structural and Synthetic Biology, the Division of Genomic Technologies, and the Division of Bio-function Dynamics Imaging, which will work together in this endeavor. Research and development programs are carried out in collaboration with companies, universities and international consortia, in order to disseminate the center's achievements to the global community.