Clearing the Final Hurdle to a Science Ph.D.

The culmination of years of hard work, hundreds of experiments and months of grueling writing, the dissertation defense is equal parts ordeal and ritual.

Joana Paulino defends her Ph.D. dissertation.

Lesson Plans for Teachers

Check out the MagLab’s "Magnet Academy" for lesson plans on electric field lines, circuits, electromagnets and more.

Plotting electric field lines

A new twist on DNA

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

Maps of the surface of a helicase protein

Listen to the Lab

Whether we’re making magnets or running experiments, we make a pretty good ruckus here at the MagLab. Hear what we do with this cool interactive activity.

Graphic by Caroline McNiel

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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Latest Science Highlights

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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