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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.


  • June 14th 2017  Summer Begins: Howdy Aziz, Hans, Jack, and Michael

    We round out our summer research team by adding four undergraduate researchers, all with lots of energy to tackle projects and break new ground in topics related to energy storage materials made primarily of carbon. Aziz Fahad (Chem. Eng., 2018) is already well underway in developing some new code to calculate and analyze thermodynamic potentials from measured gas adsorption data, and is also known to cook an absolutely mean kebab. Hans Swenson (Chemistry, 2020), who also moonlights on the fiddle in a local bluegrass band, is interested in adsorption experiments and has now become the defacto MSU expert on micropore structure and high surface area characterization. Jack Buckner (Chemistry, Math, 2018) comes to us all the way from Carleton College for the summer, and spends his days ripping apart graphites into atomically thin graphenes; so far, Jack has shown to have a thundrous hand at bowling but we suspect he has many more tricks up his sleeve... Lastly, we are joined by Michael Laase (Geology, 2018), both a climber and a legitimate rock enthusiast, who has put his careful mind to the task of constructing and commissioning the two (!) new custom CVD apparatuses for templated carbon synthesis. Welcome aboard guys!


  • June 6th 2017  Now In Technicolor

    New Graphites with Colour Patches

    The latest syntheses have yielded a somewhat unexpected novelty: colour. More details to follow soon!

  • May 15th 2017  Howdy Devin

    Our group continues to grow as we are joined by Devin McGlamery, a pre-graduate student who will begin studies toward a Ph.D. in the fall and who brings a summer research fellowship to boot. Devin is focusing his current efforts on the synthesis of novel heteroatom-doped carbon materials and the effects of their reaction conditions on various high-temperature, corrosion-resistant alloys using electron microscopy. When the work bell rings, Devin heads to the nearby hills and can be seen soaring into the long summer evenings in his paraglider - perhaps the perfect place to reflect on a hard day's work in the lab.

         Devin News Picture

  • May 8th 2017  We're Cookin'

    Quartz Ampules

    Research is ramping up as we get our synthetic efforts underway, starting with high temperature, closed-ampule reactions in the new chamber furnace. So far, so good! The project is still "top secret," but let's just say we are roaming around the periodic table and looking for creative solutions...

  • Apr 14th 2017  Howdy Emanuel

    Our group begins to form in earnest as we are joined by Emanuel Billeter (from ETH Zürich) who is undertaking his Masters thesis research here at Montana State University. Emanuel brings extensive experience in all manner of chemical synthesis techniques (most recently, in exploring [heteroatom-doped graphites]) and an impressive hand at foosball, and we look very forward to having him here for the next half-year.

         Emanuel News Picture

  • [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. V. Kravchyk, M. Döbeli, M. V. Kovalenko, “Direct Synthesis of Bulk Boron-Doped Graphitic Carbon” Chem. Mater., 29 (7), 3211 (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, 1911 (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, 26409 (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)2” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 136, 8181 (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, 990 (2013) [link]