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We celebrate the season of Mother's and Father's Day by asking the question: Do scientists parent any differently than other moms and dads?

MagLab chemist Amy McKenna and children.

How to Make a Mentor

Jim Brooks was a mentor to practically everyone he met. His life was a primer for educators everywhere on how to groom better scientists — and better people.

Jim Brooks at the lab's 2014 Open House.

MagLab Veteran to Lead ICR Facility

Chris Hendrickson is taking charge of the Ion Cyclotron Resonance Facility just as it prepares to debut its new world-record magnet.

Chris Hendrickson.

MagLab at a Glance

A snappy new version of our annual report features facts and figures about our research, visiting scientists, educational outreach and economic impact.

Annual Report 2014

Finding Needles in a Data Haystack

A powerful new software that interprets complex data on crude oil is now available to researchers.

MagLab Researcher Yuri Corilo.

MagLab Reports

In this latest issue, read about the MagLab’s new look, the legacy of mentorship at the lab and why diamonds can be a scientist’s best friend.

MagLab Reports, Vol 22 No.1

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 Highlights

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging of an intact fruit fly brain at 10 micron resolution
    13 May 2015
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging of an intact fruit fly brain at 10 micron resolution

    In this paper, we obtained the first brain map of a complete fruit fly head at 10 micron isotropic resolution, the highest ever reported by MR for a complete head. Using two complementary imaging sequences revealed the superior power of DWI to dissect the brain architecture at close to cellular resolution.

  • An approach for dynamic nuclear polarization of membrane proteins
    12 May 2015
    An approach for dynamic nuclear polarization of membrane proteins

    Dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) coupled with solid state NMR can provide orders of magnitude enhancement to normally weak NMR signals, thereby enabling the study of inherently dilute proteins such as membrane proteins. Here we demonstrate a new approach to obtain DNP signal enhancements of membrane proteins by utilizing spin labeled lipids as the polarization agents. This strategy results in more than 2x in signal enhancements of a membrane protein when compared to standard DNP sample preparation techniques.

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Featured Publications

Design of N2 Cooled Bi-2223 HTS Current Leads for use in 0.4 T Field for the NHMFL Series-Connected Hybrid Magnet, S. Marshall, et al., Adv. Cryog. Eng., 59B, 1018 (2014) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Pressure dependence of the exchange anisotropy in an organic ferromagnet, K. Thirunavukkuarasu, et al., Phys., Rev. B 91, 014412 (2015) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Isotropic round-wire multifilament cuprate superconductor for generation of magnetic fields above 30 T, D.C. Larbalestier, et al., Nature Materials., 13, 375–381 (2014) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Bottom-up formation of endohedral mono-metallofullerenes is directed by charge transfer, P.W.Dunk, et al., Nature Communications, 5, 5844 (2014) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Observation of topological surface state quantum Hall effect in an intrinsic three-dimensional topological insulator, Y. Xu, et al., Nature Physics, 10, 956–963 (2014) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Two-dimensional Fermi surfaces in Kondo insulator SmB6, G. Li, et al., Science, 346, no.6214,1208-1212 (2014) See Science Highlight or Read online 

A high-spin square-planar Fe(II) complex stabilized by a trianionic pincer-type ligand and conclusive evidence for retention of geometry and spin state in solution, M. E. Pascualini, et al., Chemical Science, 6, 608-612 (2015) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Evidence for composition variations and impurity segregation at grain boundaries in high current-density polycrystalline K- and Co-doped BaFe2As2 superconductors, Y.-J. Kim, et al., Applied Physics Letters, 105, 162604 (2014) See Science Highlight or Read online