Dr. Gregory Boebinger

Director, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University

Dr. Gregory Boebinger
"The flexibility and breadth of a Purdue education in electrical engineering has enabled my career to evolve in pursuit of interests in condensed matter and materials physics, the natural foundations of engineering. My physics research in turn has always included an anchor in the “real world” of engineering thanks to interdisciplinary interests sparked at Purdue. Indeed, the same materials that I have studied as manifestations of an ideal two-dimensional electronic metal have also found applications as ultra-fast ballistic transistors."
Dr. Gregory Boebinger received bachelor’s degrees in physics, electrical engineering and philosophy in 1981 from Purdue University. With a Churchill Scholarship, Dr. Boebinger traveled to the University of Cambridge for one year of research under Professor Sir Richard Friend, studying one-dimensional organic superconductors. Dr. Boebinger received his Ph.D. in physics in May 1986 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he held Compton and Hertz Foundation Fellowships. His thesis research utilized high magnetic fields and ultra-low temperatures to study the fractional quantum Hall effect with Nobel Laureates Horst Stormer and Dan Tsui.

Dr. Boebinger then spent a year as a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow in Paris at the École Normale Supérieure. In 1987, Dr. Boebinger joined Bell Laboratories where he studied correlated electron systems, including high temperature superconductors, using pulsed magnetic fields. In 1998, he moved to Los Alamos National Laboratory to head the MagLab’s pulsed field facility. Dr. Boebinger then moved to Florida State University to become Director of the MagLab in 2004, with responsibility for all three campuses: Florida State University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the University of Florida. The MagLab is the world’s leading magnet laboratory developing and operating high magnetic field facilities for an international user community spanning condensed matter physics, materials science, chemistry, biochemistry, and biology.

Dr. Boebinger is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.