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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.


We are now a "two year old" research group, having kicked off in January 2017. Lab rotations in our group are well 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.



  • May 22nd 2019  University of Maryland, College Park

    Today Nick is visiting the Institute for Physical Science and Technology [IPST], hosted by Prof. Pratyush Tiwary, to give a talk and discuss homogeneity as a guiding principle in materials design for energy storage applications. We are particularly excited to be interacting with some prolific scientists in the area of measurements of adsorbate-adsorbate interactions on surfaces, which play a key role in homogeneous adsorptive energy storage systems.


    Institute for Physical Science and Technology

  • Apr 19th 2019  Dual-Ion Batteries

    DIBs Schematic

    Manuscript accepted: dual-ion batteries (DIBs), based on the simultaneous insertion of cations and anions at the anode and cathode, respectively, have been prepared and characterized using ZTC as the bare cathode material. In the model system tested herein, potassium plating/stripping occurs at the anode, while bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide (FSI-) adsorbs/desorbs on the surface of ZTC at the cathode. The use of a permanently porous cathode material has significantly increased the power density of such DIBs while maintaining state-of-the-art energy density. Check out the details [here].

  • Apr 5th 2019  USP Trifecta

    Congratulations to Seth, Abby, and Russ for an incredible triple success at securing [USP] funding for the upcoming summer. Seth will be switching from high-pressure hydrogen to methane, Abby will be exfoliating graphitic materials using a series of liquid solvents, and Russ will be exploring the direct bulk synthesis of CDCs by a novel solid-state route. We are excited for the snow to melt and give way to the green Bozeman summer, and plenty of new results!


  • Mar 30th 2019  Expanding Your Horizons

    We had a great time hosting ~50 young scientists in our laboratory this weekend, investigating the greenhouse effect and a possible solution for carbon dioxide capture using porous adsorbent materials. We proudly carry out this work as part of the [Expanding Your Horizons] Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to sparking and/or stoking an interest in science and engineering in junior-high and high school girls across Montana. Thank you Erin for being an excellent teacher and role model to these future investigators!


    Science Outreach Demonstration

  • [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]