This Week at the Lab ...

Newly minted Ph.D. Peng Chen becomes the latest MagLab-trained engineer to enter the workforce and is promoted to postdoctoral research associate.

Peng Chen and his advisor, David Larbalestier, at Chen's hooding ceremony at Florida State University.

Harry Kroto, 1939-2016

Nobel Laureate and MagLab user Sir Harold Kroto passed away April 30 after an illustrious career doing, teaching and inspiring people about science.

Sir Harold Kroto

A Year at the MagLab

Want to understand the scope and impact of the National MagLab in just a few minutes? Check out this short-and-sweet brochure.

2015 At a Glance - MagLab Annual Report

Sustainable Science

Take a deeper look at the 3 R's of conservation -- reduce, reuse, recycle -- MagLab style.

Recycle, Reuse, Reduce - Graphic by Caroline McNiel

Getting a Bang out of Science

A MagLab physicist and engineer pair up to demonstrate the lab's famous Quarter Shrinking Machine, a loud, stinky illustration of electrodynamics, circuits and bad puns.

Eric Stiers and William Coniglio in front of the Quarter Shrinking Machine

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

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

Effect of the Water Content on Silica Gel for the Isolation of Interfacial Material from Athabasca Bitumen, A. C. Clingenpeel, et al., Energy & Fuels , (2015), 29(11) pp 7150–7155 See Science Highlight or Read online 

Exciton diamagnetic shifts and valley Zeeman effects in monolayer WS2 and MoS2 to 65 Tesla, A. V. Stier, et al., Nature Communications., (2016), arXiv:1510.07022. See Science Highlight or Read online 

Maize death acids, 9-lipoxygenase–derived cyclopente(a)nones, display activity as cytotoxic phytoalexins and transcriptional mediators, S. A. Christensen, et al., Proc Natl Acad Sci , (2015), 112:11407–11412 See Science Highlight or Read online 

Spin echo modulated small-angle neutron scattering using superconducting magnetic Wollaston prisms, F. Li, et al., J. Appl. Cryst. , (2016), 49. See Science Highlight or Read online 

Pushing the limits of magnetic anisotropy in trigonal bipyramidal Ni(II), K. E. R. Marriott, et al., Chemical Science, 6, 6823-6828 (2015) See Science Highlight or Read online