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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 "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!


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

  • Sep 10th 2019  Howdy Eddie

    This week we are very excited to welcome Eddie Kelly, an undergraduate engineer, to our research team. Eddie will focus on the synthesis of zeolites, a well-known class of microporous crystalline silicates with fantastic sorption and catalytic properties. These materials will serve as sacrificial templates for a new class of materials composed of electrically conductive carbon, extending their applications to lightweight electrodes for next-generation batteries (e.g., as [here]). We think the sacrifice is well worth it, and are glad to have you on board!

     

    Eddie News Photo

       
  • Sep 6th 2019  Adios (Til Next Time) Grace

    Box of Sample Vials

    We wish Grace all the best as she heads back to California to start another semester at Caltech and write up her final report after a very fruitful SURF project in our laboratory. This summer, Grace managed to synthesize over fifty samples in ten short weeks! This is a new record for the laboratory, and we have a manuscript in formulation to boot. We have a strong suspicion we will be seeing more of you soon!

       
  • Aug 28th 2019  Nifty Ampules

    Of many interesting things happening this summer, an especially innovative technique developed in our group as of late is to deposit a protective layer of carbon on the inner walls of quartz ampules prior to sealing. Check these out! Bravo, Grace and Devin.

     

    Carbon-Coated Ampules

       
  • Jul 26th 2019  Fun Run 5k v2.0

    Quartz Art

    The second annual Chemistry and Biochemistry 5k Fun Run was a blast! On a clear and sunny Bozeman afternoon, we took to the trails just south of campus for a diversely paced jaunt in the woods to get some fresh air (and to see which research group has the fastest legs, of course). This year, the Grumstrup Group took home the trophy, with Bukuru Anaclet leading the way. Emma Dolen lifted the trophy for the women's category, representing the Broderick Group. Nice work Bukuru and Emma! Photos of the run and subsequent BBQ can be found [here].

       
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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]