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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.


  • 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

  • Mar 30th 2017  Good Luck Ryan

    Ryan Dragoman

    As quickly as he arrived, Ryan is off to bigger things: adventuring in Nepal and medical school, among others. We wish him all the best! The lab sure looks great and we count the following new functionalities to his hard work: an oxy-hydrogen torch and Schlenk line, a pristine, argon-loaded glovebox, all sorts of gas and vacuum manifold, and a fully-equipped workshop with a drill press and diamond buzz saw. We're going to miss you Ryan!

  • 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].

         BCx' Manuscript Thumbnail

  • 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)!

  • [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]