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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.


  • Mar 11th 2017  Boron-Doped Graphitic Carbon

    Manuscript accepted: we report an exciting new synthesis route to high boron-content graphitic carbon directly from two simple, cost-effective, liquid precursors (benzene and boron tribromide). The resulting material, which we refer to as BCx' (where x can be tuned between 3 and infinity) is more ordered and chemically homogeneous than any other bulk boron-doped carbon material prepared by a low-temperature route (<2000 degrees C). Check out the details [here].

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  • Mar 8th 2017  Group Meeting #0001

    Adsorption Data

    The first meeting of our small but growing group has been had! Ryan demonstrated the functionality of our nifty new Micromeritics 3-Flex adsorption apparatus, and discussed the first round of data collected in the lab. Lo and behold, Henry's Law has been verified (for nitrogen physisorption on porous silica at 295 K)!

  • Feb 16th 2017  Howdy Ryan

    Our first official group member, Ryan Dragoman joins us as a guest researcher on interim between Master's studies at ETH and bright futures elsewhere. The lab is shaping up in a hurry - great work!

         Ryan News Picture

  • Feb 14th 2017  Spark Award Top 20

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    We have been notified that our European patent application entitled "Boron-Doped Graphitic Carbon" has received special mention as being in the top 20 inventions filed by ETH Zürich in 2016!

  • Jan 30th 2017  ZTCs in Aluminum Batteries

    Manuscript accepted: we report a new "aluminum battery" based on microporous zeolite-templated carbon (ZTC) as the cathode material, a unique demonstration of an intentionally high surface-area electrode material in a high energy density electrochemical cell. Check it out [here]. This work continues in our laboratory at MSU.


  • Jan 11th 2017  First Proposal Submitted!

    Well, that was a whirlwind of a first week! We sure started with a bang. An application for funding of Major Research Instrumentation for studies of high-pressure adsorption measurements has been submitted.

  • Jan 6th 2017  Unpacking Mayhem

    Opening boxes.

    And we're off!

    Furnaces, turbo pumps, a new torch, a glovebox, and an automated Sieverts from Micromeritics have arrived. It's like Christmas all over again.

    So who wants to help unpack? ;)

  • Jan 3rd 2017  Hello Bozeman

    It's crisp, cold, and brilliantly sunny: classic Montana weather, perfect for the welcome "home." Now let's get started, we have a lot to do!


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  • 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., Article ASAP (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]