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Our research spans the fields of solid-state, physical, and materials chemistry. We explore new synthesis routes toward structurally and chemically tunable 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 now a "one year old" research group, having kicked off in January 2017. Lab rotations in our group are 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.


  • Feb 11th 2018  Congrats Serge

    Serge News Picture

    Serge Zvenigorodsky has been notified of his successful application for funding from the [Undergraduate Scholars Program] for his work on synthesizing and processing heteroatom-doped graphites directly from liquid precursors. So far, Serge has developed a great hand for quartz working, and is off to a fast start with several custom-blown contraptions for heat-treating his lightweight graphitic flakes under flowing atmospheres. Happy torching!

  • Jan 24th 2018  Howdy Erin and Daniel

    Today we are very excited to welcome Erin Hanson and Daniel Arenas to the group. Erin will be focusing on the synthesis of zeolite-templated carbon, ordered porous materials at the very limit of high surface area and volumetric microporosity. Daniel will tackle adsorption measurements and fundamental investigations of unusual adsorbed phases far from the realm of ideality. We are very lucky to have you guys and can't wait to get started - welcome to the team!


    Group Photo 2018

  • Jan 1st 2018  Happy New Year

    Sun Poking Through Forest

    Our first year is over, and what a blast it has been! So far, we managed to build up a solid foundation in the laboratory for future work: we installed a Schlenk line and hydrogen torch for graphitic carbon synthesis, three furnaces, and a custom CVD apparatus. Commissioning of the CVD for templated carbon synthesis continues. Our 3-Flex hums along and the custom Sieverts apparatus is in the final stages of construction. Most importantly, we are in the process of preparing three manuscripts of which two are authored by undergraduates. Our hard work will be starting to pay off soon!

  • Dec 7th 2017  Diboranerator

    We'll be keeping our diborane supply fresh and very cold with the latest custom contraption: Devin's Diboranerator (or, better yet, Diboreezer). Step-by-step instructions for building your very own diboranerator available upon request!


    Diborane Freezer

  • [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. 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]