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Our research spans the fields of solid-state, physical, and materials chemistry. We explore synthesis routes toward designable carbon-based materials with a chief interest in their application for energy storage. Contributing fundamental insights into gas physisorption phenomena at the solid interface is also a goal of our work, using classical equilibrium thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.


We are brand spanking new, having just started off in January 2017. Lab rotations in our group are already underway - we are looking for team members with enthusiasm for hands-on projects ranging from gas manifold apparatus design/construction (some have jokingly called this "space plumbing") to old-fashioned solid-state chemistry (quartz-blowing and high-temperature synthesis). Gas adsorption measurements are our "bread and butter." Our theoretical department is also seeking keen minds with an interest in how textbook thermodynamics and statistical mechanics can answer critical questions in alternative energy. Our work covers a lot of different bases - rotate in and take a look!

Work With Us!

Grad Students:

Our group is actively seeking PhD students - contact Nick directly. For more information on pursuing a PhD in our department, check out the [Chemistry Admissions] page. Those interested in a more interdisciplinary, materials-focused curriculum should check out the newly developed [Materials Science] program. Both programs are relevant to our group.

Undergrad Students:

We are excited to host undergrad thesis projects that fall within the general outline of our work. This includes students from abroad seeking international laboratory experience in the western US (e.g., Master's thesis projects). Please contact Nick directly.


We do not currently have an open postdoctoral position, but applications for funding would be supported in relevant cases.


  • Oct 11th 2017  Congrats Hans

    We are excited to announce that Hans Swenson will be receiving funding from the [Undergraduate Scholars Program] for his work on measuring helium adsorption in porous carbons. Hans started in our group over the summer, building a thermostat for high-temperature experiments and learning how to measure nitrogen adsorption isotherms. Helium is a bit of a trickier guest... we look forward to seeing the results.

         Hans News Picture

  • Oct 6th 2017  Tschau Emanuel

    Emanuel Billeter

    We wish Emanuel all the best as he leaves Montana, first for warmer adventures down south, and then to return home and finish up his Master's thesis. During his stay, it is safe to say that he discovered a new class of binary P-C compounds with some pretty fascinating, still not fully clarified properties, which will be reported in a manuscript to be submitted shortly. We can also safely say: holy cow, that guy learned how to fly fish! Thank you for all the hard work and leadership you showed in our fledgling (now functioning) laboratory. Happy trails (and streams), we hope to see you again soon.

  • Sep 12th 2017  The LPCVD is Online

    We are now back in the templated carbon business! Our custom-designed, low-pressure CVD apparatus is fully operational, thanks in huge part to a hard summer's work by in-house trained, certified space plumber Michael Laase. Check out pictures of the build as it progressed [here]. Those are some fine pipe bends, Mike! We would be remiss to neglect the contributions by Andrew Wilson in the way of systems control, all wrapped up in a neat little Labview package - many thanks to both of you. Now, let the baking begin...

         Collage of CVD Pics

  • Sep 1st 2017  Cheers Andrew

    Andrew Wilson

    All good times must end. We were lucky to steal Andrew away from Oxfordshire for the summer, but alas, the real world calls him back to more fitting employment, using his powers for far greater projects than our humble laboratory here at MSU. And what a summer it has been! Thanks for all your hard work, Andrew, and we wish you all the best back home. The satisfying mechanical click of opening and closing valves will remind us of your witty mark on this group, long after you leave.

  • [News Archive]


  • NOVEL GRAPHITE-LIKE MATERIALS   In 2016, three researchers at ETH Zürich discovered a new direct synthesis route to bulk, high boron-content graphitic carbon... [continued here]

  • HIGH-PRESSURE HYDROGEN STORAGE   At pressures above 10 MPa (~100 atm) at room temperature, hydrogen becomes significantly non-ideal... [continued here]

  • ZEOLITE-TEMPLATED CARBON   Synthesized by chemical vapour deposition within the pores of a zeolite template (a crystalline, microporous tectoaluminosilicate material), ZTCs are... [continued here]

  • NOVEL SUPERCRITICAL SOLVENTS   In 2014, we discovered nitrogen to be an effective solvent for the purification of porous, reactive gamma-phase magnesium borohydride... [continued here]


For a complete list see [here], or check out Nick's Google Scholar page [here].


  • N. P. Stadie, E. Billeter, L. Piveteau, K. Kravchyk, M. Döbeli, M. V. Kovalenko, “Direct Synthesis of Bulk Boron-Doped Graphitic Carbon” Chem. Mater., 29 (7), 3211-3218 (2017) [link]

  • N. P. Stadie, S. Wang, K. V. Kravchyk, M. V. Kovalenko, “Zeolite-Templated Carbon as an Ordered Microporous Electrode for Aluminum Batteries” ACS Nano, 11 (2), 1911-1919 (2017) [link]

  • N. P. Stadie, M. Murialdo, C. C. Ahn, B. Fultz, “Unusual Entropy of Adsorbed Methane on Zeolite-Templated Carbon” J. Phys. Chem. C, 119 (47), 26409-26421 (2015) [link]

  • N. P. Stadie, E. Callini, B. Richter, T. R. Jensen, A. Borgschulte, A. Züttel, “Supercritical N2 Processing as a Route to the Clean Dehydrogenation of Porous Mg(BH4)2J. Am. Chem. Soc., 136 (23), 8181-8184 (2014) [link]

  • N. P. Stadie, M. Murialdo, C. C. Ahn, B. Fultz, “Anomalous Isosteric Enthalpy of Adsorption of Methane on Zeolite-Templated Carbon” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 135 (3), 990-993 (2013) [link]