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Our research spans the fields of solid-state, physical, and materials chemistry. We explore new synthesis routes toward structurally and chemically tunable 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 now a "one year old" research group, having kicked off in January 2017. Lab rotations in our group are underway and 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 classic solid-state chemistry (quartz-blowing and high-temperature synthesis). Gas adsorption measurements are a "bread and butter" activity in this group spanning almost all projects. Our theoretical department is also seeking keen minds with an interest in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics to answer frontier questions in adsorptive energy storage at high pressures. Our work covers a lot of different bases - rotate in and take a look!

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Grad Students:

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

Undergrad Students:

We are very excited to host undergraduate 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 or stop by the lab.


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



  • Aug 2nd 2018  Farewell Serge

    Well, Serge, you really made an impact on our group in a short period of time. We are both excited for you to start a daring new adventure in Urbana-Champaign and sad to miss out on the day-to-day good humour, dedicated work ethic, and clever workarounds you demonstrated here. Rest assured, with your experiments as a strong foundation we will continue to forge ahead (no pun intended!) in our efforts to tame the disordered heteroatom-doped graphites you've lent your time and steady hands to over the last year. All the best et bon voyage!


    Serge Farewell Picture

  • Jul 27th 2018  5k Fun Run

    Quartz Art

    The inaugural Chemistry and Biochemistry 5k Fun Run is officially on the books! As much as we all love to spend time in the lab, on this classic summer Friday afternoon we took to the trails just south of campus for a pleasant jaunt in the woods to see which research group has the fastest legs. This year, the Pincus Group took home the trophy, with Mark Raymond leading the way. Nice work Mark! More photos can be found [here].

  • Jul 16th 2018  Howdy Emily

    We are very excited to be joined this summer by Emily Morley, a seasoned veteran of undergraduate research on high surface area, functional materials, on loan for the summer from Idaho State University as part of the REU program sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Emily is turning her attention here to the thinnest allotrope of pure carbon, graphene, and its very recently developed little brothers, highly-doped phosphorus- and boron-containing graphene. Happy ripping, Emily!


    Emily News Picture

  • Jul 4th 2018  Second (Annual!) Fourth Float

    Canoeing the Yellowstone

    Hans and Serge successfully navigate the Yellowstone below the Yankee Jim rapids, taking a well-earned lazy day off from the lab. Emily R. (+Jacob), Devin, Julie (+Ben), and Michael float somewhere out of frame... Happy Fourth of July!

  • Jun 22nd 2018  Phosphorus-Doped Graphitic Carbon

    Manuscript accepted: we report a fast, cheap, and simple new synthesis route to high phosphorus-content graphitic carbon, PCx, directly from two liquid precursors (benzene and phosphorus trichloride). This material is produced in bulk form (as opposed to as a thin-film) permitting its use in batteries or as an electrocatalyst. Interestingly, stabilized white phosphorus (P4) also exists in some form in all of the materials we make by this route, which opens up all sorts of interesting paths forward! Check out the details [here].


    PCx Manuscript Thumbnail

  • [News Archive]


  • NOVEL GRAPHITE-LIKE MATERIALS   In 2016, we 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 vapor deposition (CVD) 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].


  • E. Billeter, D. McGlamery, M. Aebli, L. Piveteau, M. V. Kovalenko, N. P. Stadie, “Bulk Phosphorus-Doped Graphitic Carbon” Chem. Mater., 30 (14), 4580-4589 (2018) [link]


  • 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]