Why Scientists Need Extreme Magnets to Explore Electrons

At the next Science cafe on July 27, learn about why scientists are so interested in interactions between electrons and what they hold in store for our society.

Illustration of the electrons by Caroline McNiel

This Week at the Lab ...

Dozens of middle-school-aged girls are at the MagLab taking part in SciGirls Summer Camp.

2016 SciGirld campers

Scientists Take Aim at Nuclear Waste

With a new $10 million federal grant, an interdisciplinary group of researchers look for solutions to the Cold War's radioactive legacy.

illustration of berkelium decaying

The Bright Future of Crystals

Deep in their beautiful lattices, crystals hold secrets about the future of technology and science — a future so bright you'll definitely need shades.

Physicist Ryan Baumbach monitors a crystal growth.

Pedal & Mettle

During the sport's biggest month of the year, MagLab staffers talk about how biking enhances their life — and their science.

Jose Sanchez pedals past the MagLab.

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

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 

Enhancing coherence in molecular spin qubits via atomic clock transitions, Shiddiq, M., et al., Nature, (2016), 531, 348-351. Read online 

Ising pairing in superconducting NbSe2 atomic layers, X. Xi, et al., Nature Physics., (2016), 12, 139–143. See Science Highlight or Read online