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.

5 September 2017

New NMR technique could lead to better batteries

Scientists can now observe lithium moving through an electrolyte in real time.

5 September 2017

Cheaper ways to make strong permanent magnets

New technique transforms common materials into powerful magnets.

9 August 2017

More accurate diagnosis for multiple myeloma

New technique could lead to precise, personalized cancer diagnosis and monitoring.

17 July 2017

Researchers observe exotic superfluid in graphene

Two independent research teams observed same behavior in double bilayer graphene.

16 June 2017

MRI illuminates link between heart disease and mood disorders

High-resolution brain imaging provides evidence of depression, anxiety in diseased mice

16 June 2017

Connection between superconductivity and insulator-metal transition

The finding in fullerides opens a new way of exploring the role electron interactions play in high-temperature superconductivity

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.

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.