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Greg Boebinger
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Greg Boebinger

National High Magnetic Field


Greg Boebinger is a condensed matter physicist recognized for his research involving high magnetic fields. Boebinger was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University in 1981 with undergraduate degrees in physics, electrical engineering, and philosophy. After a year as a Churchill Fellow at Cambridge University, he began working toward his Ph.D. at MIT, which he received in 1986 for experiments performed at the Francis Bitter Magnet Laboratory on the fractional quantum Hall effect. After a year as a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, Boebinger accepted a position at Bell Laboratories, where he established his own pulsed magnet laboratory and began his research on high temperature superconductivity.

In 1998, Boebinger moved to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to become director of the pulsed magnet laboratory of the new National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab), founded in 1990 as a partnership among Florida State University (FSU), the University of Florida (UF), and LANL. In 2004, Boebinger became director of the MagLab, moving to its FSU headquarters and accepting appointments as Professor of Physics from both FSU and UF. Greg Boebinger is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Panel Session: The future outlook for medical magnetic resonance imaging superconducting magnets enabled by new materials

New superconducting materials are constantly emerging as the entire world is pushing hard to discover, integrate and scale up superconducting magnet systems for medical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines. These new materials hold the promise of enabling helium-free MRI systems with potentially lower costs to manufacture and operate with increased reliability and resiliency.

The MRI research and development space is a unique field where the intersection of materials science and magnet technology are leveraged in tandem to produce a medical imaging solution that is simply unrivaled by other imaging technologies like X-rays, ultrasound and computerized tomography. Because the imaging quality and utility of MRI is the best amongst all other options, continual improvement in this field has the potential for very significant commercial disruption and economic gains in a rapidly increasing global market.

Moderator: Jeff Whalen
Panelists: Greg Boebinger, Director, MagLab
Ernesto Bosque, MagLab Scientist, Florida State University
Glenn Walter, Professor and Scientist, University of Florida, Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy (AMRIS)
Scott Marshall, Senior Superconducting Magnet Systems Engineer, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

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