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Our research spans the fields of solid-state, physical, and materials chemistry. We explore new synthesis routes to structurally and chemically tunable carbon-based materials with a chief interest in their application for energy storage. We have a special fondness for porous materials, especially those that push forward the frontier of how "porosity" is defined at a molecular scale. Contributing fundamental insights into gas and ion physisorption phenomena at the solid interface is also a goal of our work, using classical equilibrium thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.

THE SCOOP

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!


Work With Us!

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.

Postdocs:

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

 


NEWS

  • Feb 10th 2019  Research Expansion Fund

    We are very grateful and excited to receive a Research Expansion Fund (REF) award from the Office of Research and Economic Development to support our work on [phosphorus-doped graphitic carbon], a new bulk material containing a high concentration of unoxidized phosphorus. This material has promising applications in electrochemical energy storage and conversion technologies, and we are looking forward to carrying out the next phase of its investigation.

     

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  • Jan 23rd 2019  Congrats Seth and Dylan

    Congratulations to both Seth and Dylan for writing excellent proposals and receiving a full semester of [USP] funding. Seth is set up to investigate the high-pressure hydrogen storage properties of graphitic carbons containing varying concentrations of heteroatom dopants, especially B and N. Dylan is working on the technicolour synthesis of boron-doped graphitic carbon via a (somewhat troublesome) top-secret precursor, and will take a shot at "cracking" its code. Good luck guys!

       

       
  • Jan 10th 2019  Howdy Izzy

    Today we are very excited to announce that our group has grown yet again! We welcome Izzy Gordon from Penn State University to the team. Izzy will be focused on the synthesis and properties of carbon-phosphorus materials, with an emphasis toward electrochemical energy storage applications. May the wind be ever at your back!

     

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  • Dec 10th 2018  Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

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    Today Nick is visiting the [Kyotani Laboratory], hosted by Prof. Hirotomo Nishihara, to give a talk and discuss carbon-based framework materials for advanced applications ranging from gas storage to supercapacitors and hybrid electrochemical energy storage devices. We are extremely grateful for this learning experience and warm hospitality shown by our hosts.

       
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CURRENT PROJECTS

  • 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]

PUBLICATIONS

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

 

SELECTED WORK:
 
  • 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]