“Bath Salt” Drugs Disrupt Brain Activity

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, researchers observe how these cocaine-like drugs disrupts neural activity in rats.

3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) dose-dependently reduces functional connectivity with the nucleus accumbens (NAc)

Better Joints for High-Temp Superconducting Wires

A new technique for connecting Bi-2212 round wires is an important step in building better, stronger superconducting magnets.

(Left) Light microscope image of a transverse cross-section of Bi-2212. (Right) Voltage-Current (V-I) curves.

New Whole-Body Scanner Ready for Research

Our new MRI machine provides the best spatial resolution available for human imaging, making it a powerful tool for nationwide, multi-site health research.

The new 3-T MRI machine heads into its new home at the MagLab.

Extra! Extra! New Magazine About High-Field Science

Written for both scientists and science fans, fields magazine is about the very cool things researchers discover about our world using high-field magnets. Check out the first issue.

fields magazine masthead

See-Thru Science

Seeing is believing. In these animations, we show you what electricity and magnetism might look like if they weren't invisible.

How ignition coils work.

Deconstructing the Series Connected Hybrid Magnet

The engineering marvel that is the 36-tesla SCH magnet is made up of many parts. Demystify the MagLab's newest world-record instrument through this interactive learning experience.

Parts of the SCH magnet

Prestigious Honor for MagLab Chemist

Naresh Dalal has been named a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Naresh Dalal, Robert O. Lawton Professor of Chemistry

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

"Bath salt" drugs disrupt brain activity , L. M. Colon-Perez, et al., Neuropsychopharmacology, 4 (9), 2352-65 (2016) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Researchers improve joints for wires of promising superconductor , P. Chen, et al., Superconductor Science and Technology, 30, 2 (2017) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Identification and Characterization of Human Proteoforms by Top-Down LC-21 Tesla FT-ICR Mass Spectrometry , L.C. Anderson, et al., Journal of Proteome Research , 16 (2), 1087-1096 (2017) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Probing the Influence of Dielectric Environment on Excitons in Monolayer WSe2: Insight from High Magnetic Fields, A.V. Stier, et al., Nano Lett., 16 (11), 7054-7060 (2016) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Symmetry Reduction in the Quantum Kagome Antiferromagnet Herbertsmithite, A. Zorko, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 118, 017202 (2017) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Spatially inhomogeneous electron state deep in the extreme quantum limit of strontium titanate, A. Bhattacharya, et al., Nature Communications, 7, 12974 (2016) See Science Highlight or Read online