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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.

THE SCOOP

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.

Postdocs:

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



NEWS

  • Dec 7th 2017  Diboranerator

    We'll be keeping our diborane supply fresh and very cold with the latest custom contraption: Devin's Diboranerator (or, better yet, Diboreezer). Step-by-step instructions for building your very own diboranerator available upon request!

     

    Diborane Freezer

       
  • Nov 12th 2017  Undergraduate Research Is Humming

    We welcome six new undergraduate researchers to the group this semester to carry on or start new projects in energy storage, materials chemistry, and adsorption modeling/theory. Kaitlin B., Seth, Serge, Dylan, Allen, and Kaitlin G. Welcome aboard!

       

       
  • Oct 24th 2017  Buddha

    Reactor Build

    Today we received and unpacked the main components of our next big project: a supercritical boron-doping apparatus (BDA, hereafter christened as "Buddha"). We are both excited and in awe at this monstrosity... What have we done!? We'll be adding pictures to the build gallery [here].

       
  • 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

       
  • [News Archive]


CURRENT PROJECTS

  • 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]

PUBLICATIONS

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

SELECT WORK:

  • 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]