Climate Change: Good News and Bad News

Looking at environmental changes that occurred in ancient Earth, a research team finds new evidence of how the planet may handle excess carbon dioxide in the future.

Theodore Them and field assistant Emma Tulsky doing field work in Alberta, Canada.

Beating the Heat Treatment Problem

Looking for ways to make better superconductors, a young scientist homed in on how they were heat-treated. He was getting warmer.

Charlie Sanabria checks on samples in the furnace.

SciGirls Are Back!

At their two week-camp, aspiring scientists and engineers are learning skills and knowledge that will serve them on their path. Plus, they’re having of blast!

SciGirls 2017 campers

Superconductivity and Insulator-Metal Transitions

Findings open a new way of exploring the role of electrons in high-temperature superconductivity.

Alkali-doped fullerides (at left) and diagram (right) showing the phase transition between superconductivity (pink dome) and a three-dimensional Mott insulator (blue region), as shown by the yellow diamonds.

MRI Studies Link Mood Disorders to Heart Disease

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

MRI images of mice brains, with regions related to mood segmented out: the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and caudate putamen CPu).

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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

Connection between superconductivity and insulator-metal transition, Y. Kasahara, et al., Nature Communications, 8, 14467 (2017) See Science Highlight or Read online 

MRI illuminates link between heart disease and mood disorders, A. Dossat, et al., The FASEB Journal, 31, 6, 2492-2506 (2017) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Pressure converts an insulator into a metal, S. Friedemann, et al., Scientific Reports, 6, 416 (2016) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Magneto-Structural Correlations in a Transition Metal Complex, E. A. Suturina, et al., Inorganic Chemistry, 56, 3102-3118 (2017) See Science Highlight or Read online 

New record NMR magnet reaches peak performance, M.D. Bird, et al., Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, vol.25, no.3, 4300606 (2015) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Helium nanodroplets shed light on phase separations in other materials, D. Candela, et al., Physical Review, B95, 104107 (2017) See Science Highlight or Read online