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



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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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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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 Highlight

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Featured Publications

Connection between superconductivity and insulator-metal transition, Y. Kasahara, et al., Nature Communications, 8, 14467 (2017) See Science Highlight or Read online 

MRI illuminates link between heart disease and mood disorders, A. Dossat, et al., The FASEB Journal, 31, 6, 2492-2506 (2017) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Pressure converts an insulator into a metal, S. Friedemann, et al., Scientific Reports, 6, 416 (2016) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Magneto-Structural Correlations in a Transition Metal Complex, E. A. Suturina, et al., Inorganic Chemistry, 56, 3102-3118 (2017) See Science Highlight or Read online 

New record NMR magnet reaches peak performance, M.D. Bird, et al., Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, vol.25, no.3, 4300606 (2015) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Helium nanodroplets shed light on phase separations in other materials, D. Candela, et al., Physical Review, B95, 104107 (2017) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Last modified on 17 July 2017