Spinning a Tale of Soccer and Physics

In our latest "Science Show & Tell" video, Wale Akinfaderin explains how a legendary free kick netted him another important goal: a career in physics.

Wale Akinfaderin

This Week at the Lab ...

As if looking for a predicted but so far not proven phenomenon wasn't hard enough, try doing it at super cold temperatures, when science moves at a snail's pace.

The 16.5 tesla superconducting magnet at High B/T Facility

Meet Kendra Frederick

It's freaking hard to examine proteins closely in their native habitat. With the help of very clever magnet instrumentation, University of Texas scientist Kendra Frederick is up for the challenge.

Kendra Frederick

Hard Work + Team Work

When a grad student's first publication lands in the top-tier journal Nature, you can bet it's not beginner's luck.

Dorsa Komijani and Stephen Hill..

What Do They Put in the Magnet?

A Princeton University scientist put algae in our split magnet, combining high magnetic fields with ultra short laser pulses to probe the mysteries of photosynthesis.

protein from algae

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

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

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

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 

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