Research at the MagLab

Researchers at the MagLab are making discoveries today that will lead to the technologies of tomorrow. Whether a member of one of our robust in-house research groups or one of the nearly 1,400 outside scientists who do experiments here annually, MagLab researchers understand how high magnetic fields lead to making big discoveries.

Seeking the most powerful magnetic fields on Earth, scientists and engineers from across the world come to the MagLab to explore promising new materials, solve energy challenges and grow our understanding of living things. This kind of research has played a critical role in developing new technologies used every day – from electric lights and computers to motors, plastics, high-speed trains and MRI. Find out more by exploring our research initiatives, learning about our interdisciplinary research, or digging deeper into the hundreds of publications generated annually by MagLab researchers.

 

Research Initiatives

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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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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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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


Symmetry Reduction in the Quantum Kagome Antiferromagnet Herbertsmithite, A. Zorko, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 118, 017202 (2017) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Spatially inhomogeneous electron state deep in the extreme quantum limit of strontium titanate, A. Bhattacharya, et al., Nature Communications, 7, 12974 (2016) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Unusual Mott transition in multiferroic PbCrO3, S. Wang, et al., The National Academy of Sciences, (2015) 112 (50), 15320 See Science Highlight or Read online 

Polar Lipid Composition of Biodiesel Algae Candidates Nannochloropsis oculata and Haematococcus pluvialis from Nano Liquid Chromatography Coupled with Negative Electrospray Ionization 14.5 T Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry, Y. Corilo, et al., Energy Fuels, (2016) 30, 10, 8270–8276 See Science Highlight or Read online 

DNA Interactions Probed by Hydrogen Deuterium Exchange (HDX) Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry Confirm External Binding Sites on the Minichromosomal Maintenance (MCM) Helicase, B. W. Graham, et al., J. Biol. Chem, (2016) 291, 12467-12480 See Science Highlight or Read online 

Magnetic Torque Anomaly in the Quantum Limit of Weyl Semimetals, J.W. Moll, et al., Nature Communications, (2016) 7, 12492 See Science Highlight or Read online 

Last modified on 25 January 2017