Wet your Whistle at Science Café!

Join us Oct. 4 at Tallahassee watering hole Backwoods Bistro, where science stories featuring underwater caves and ancient stone tools will be flowing freely.

Illustration of the caves by Caroline McNiel

X-ray + Split Magnet = Powerful Science

An NSF grant to build an x-ray diffractometer for the MagLab's unique split helix magnet will introduce a new tool for scientists — the strongest of its kind in the world.

Illustration of x-rays in magnetic fields by Caroline McNiel

A Wide World of Worm-made Compounds

An unusual, complex compound discovered in worms may be the harbinger of countless discoveries to come — some with potential benefits for humankind.

Illustration of the characterization of a natural compound found in worms.

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.

When placed in a high magnetic field (B), the molecules straightened out significantly.

Research Initiatives

Research Initiatives - 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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Research Initiatives - 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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Research Initiatives - 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

Anomalous Increase in Nematic-Isotropic Transition Temperature in Dimer Molecules Induced by a Magnetic Field, S. M. Salili, et al., Physical Review Letters, 116, 217801 (2016) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Evaluation of Nb3Sn superconductor for CERN's accelerator upgrade , C. Segal, et al., Superconductor Science and Technology, (2016), 29, 8. See Science Highlight or Read online 

Detection of "free" oxide ions in low-silica Ca/Mg silicate glasses: Results from 17O→29Si HETCOR NMR , H.Z. Gan, et al., J. Non-Cryst. Solids, (2016), 445-446, 1-6. See Science Highlight or Read online 

Crystallization of spin superlattices with pressure and field in the layered magnet SrCu2(BO3)2. , S. Haravifard, et al., Nat. Commun., (2016), 7, 11956. doi:10.1038/ncomms11956. See Science Highlight or Read online 

EPR Studies of Supramolecular Aggregates of Single-Molecule Magnets , T. N. Nguyen, et al., Science Chem. Sci, (2016), 7, 1156-1173. See Science Highlight or Read online 

New Fractional Fractal Quantum Hall States in Graphene , L. Wang, et al., Science, (2015), 350, 1231-1234. See Science Highlight or Read online