Science Highlights

These monthly highlights, selected by MagLab Director Greg Boebinger, represent the most promising and cutting-edge research underway in the lab’s seven user facilities.

30 May 2017

Pressure converts an insulator into a metal

The novel behavior could help scientists better understand the mechanisms behind high-temperature superconductivity.

30 May 2017

Magneto-structural correlations in a transition metal complex

In the field of inorganic chemistry, magneto-structural correlations have been used to rationally design molecules with desirable properties, and to relate these properties to the electronic and geometric structures. In turn, such studies provide powerful tools for understanding important catalytic processes, as well as elucidating the structures of active sites in metalloproteins. This study reveals an unusually strong sensitivity of the magnetic properties of a CoS4 molecule to minute changes in its structure.

30 May 2017

MagLab diversity director setting national research agenda

Two MagLab personnel worked with Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College students during the 2017 spring semester as part of the FSU Noyce Program.

21 April 2017

New record NMR magnet reaches peak performance

Producing a high magnetic field that is also very stable and uniform, the unique Series Connected Hybrid magnet is being put to work on NMR experiments never before possible.

21 April 2017

Helium nanodroplets shed light on phase separations in other materials

Observing growth processes in classical alloys is extremely difficult; scientists overcame this by studying quantum systems.

27 March 2017

Better joints to connect wires of promising superconductor

The new technique for connecting Bi-2212 round wires is an important step in building better, stronger superconducting magnets.

27 March 2017

"Bath salt" drugs disrupt brain activity

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, researchers observe how cocaine-like drug disrupts neural activity in rats.

28 February 2017

Decoding the human proteome with powerful mass spectrometer

The MagLab’s 21-tesla FT-ICR magnet can identify human proteins far more efficiently than commercial instruments, a boon for medical research.

27 February 2017

Tunable, 2D semiconductors could be tomorrow's nano-sensors

Scientists discovered how to tune the optical properties of atomically-thin semiconductors, which will aid the design of future microscopic light sensors.

23 January 2017

Can you unstick magnets remotely?

Scientists explore using one magnet to disrupt the field of another.

19 January 2017

Electrons at "extreme quantum limit" form new kind of state

At high magnetic field, free-flowing particles condense into “puddles.”

19 January 2017

Symmetry reduction in a quantum kagomé antiferromagnet

This area of research could help scientists understand high-temperature superconductivity and other mysteries.

19 December 2016

MagLab develops, shares chemical analysis software

The high-tech tools empower scientists studying petroleum and other molecules to make decisions based on advanced data analysis.

19 December 2016

Special phase transition in lead chromium oxide

Controlled by electron interactions, the Mott transition is accompanied by a reduction in the volume of the atomic lattice.

21 November 2016

New technique for detecting brain tumors

Scientists using an MRI-friendly oxygen isotope have demonstrated a promising and safe method for identifying cancerous tumors.

27 October 2016

New technique for identifying Weyl materials

The work gives physicists a new tool for exploring and understanding a class of materials that could lead to faster electronics.

20 October 2016

A new twist on DNA

Research sheds important light on the fundamental process of cell division.

27 September 2016

Compound found in worms opens door to discovery of countless more

Scientists have discovered and characterized an unusual, complex natural product produced in worms, a finding that suggests a whole body of discoveries awaits.

23 September 2016

High field changes phase transitions in “shape-shifting” molecules

With a sufficiently high magnetic field, scientists can manipulate certain phase transitions in some molecules, a discovery that hints at future technological applications.

24 August 2016

A better superconductor for Large Hadron Collider

Scientists have discovered a way to significantly improve the performance of a decades-old superconductor, promising future applications for particle accelerators and research magnets.