Whiteboard as Canvas

The eyes of an artist reveal the beauty and emotion behind this quintessentially scientific medium. Read more in fields magazine.

Illustration by Caroline McNeil

New Multifunctional Material Holds Water

A drop of H20 serves as a reversible switch for cobalt-based material, changing both its color and magnetic properties.

A reversible and selective switch in color and magnetic behavior

New Findings on Quasiparticle Mass Enhancement

The study sheds light on the role of quasiparticle mass enhancement near a quantum critical point in a leading family of high-temperature superconductors.

Temperature dependence of the upper critical field in thin films with various doping levels

Exotic Quantum Particle Observed in Bilayer Graphene

Proving a 30-year-old theory called the even-denominator fractional quantum Hall state, the research bolsters the material’s potential for quantum computation.

Columbia researchers observe exotic quantum particle in bilayer graphene.

Heavy Element Defies Simple Quantum Mechanics

Chemists find that the simple theory of quantum mechanics breaks down under the weight of berkelium.

Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt.

Stuck with Neodymium?

Using high-field electromagnets, scientists explore a promising alternative to widely used, but increasingly expensive, neodymium-based permanent magnets.

MagLab materials scientist Ke Han with tiny samples of manganese gallium, which has shown promise for magnetic applications.

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

Reversible magnetic switching in a new multifunctional molecular material, J. Vallejo, et al., Chem. Sci. 8, 3694-3702 (2017) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Selective mass enhancement close to a quantum critical point, V. Grinenko, et al., Nature Scientific Reports, 7, 4589 (2017) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Tracking lithium transport pathways in solid electrolytes for batteries, J. Zheng, et al., Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2017, DOI: 10.1039/C7TA05832B See Science Highlight or Read online 

Permanent magnet materials without neodymium and dysprosium, D.R. brown, et al., MRS Advances, 1, 3, 227-233 (2016) See Science Highlight or Read online 

More accurate diagnosis for multiple myeloma, L. He, et al., Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry , 28 (5), 827-838 (2017) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Researchers observe exotic superfluid in graphene, J.I.A Li, et al., Nature Physics, (2017) See Science Highlight or Read online Collaboration A, X. Liu, et al., Nature Physics, (2017) Read online Collaboration B.