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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 "three 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

  • Jan 13th 2020  Howdy Sophie, LeeAnn, and Demetrius

    Happy new year! We are excited to welcome several new students to the group. In addition to Anna Stewart who will be working on an Honors Research Fellowship over the next year, we give a warm welcome to Sophie Randak and LeeAnn Strand who will be kick-starting a completely new project on the Raman spectroscopy of forensic-relevant hydrocarbons (e.g., fingerprint oils). We also extend a warm welcome to Demetrius White who will be synthesizing and analyzing large single-crystal zeolites. We are certainly busy, and look forward to a year filled with curiosity and discovery.

       

       
  • Dec 13th 2019  Congrats Anna

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    At the same time as we welcome Anna Stewart to our group, we also congratulate her on the remarkable achievement of being awarded an Honors Research Fellowship sponsored by the Vice-President of Research. Anna has proposed to synthesize a balanced gyroidal aluminosilicate material with optimal pore size for carbon deposition in preparation for the synthesis of novel carbon foams with underlying surfaces of high symmetry. We look forward to working with you. Happy end of the semester, and see you next year!

       
  • Dec 9th 2019  YOUR 2020

    We are all looking very forward to next year's "Year of Undergraduate Research" (YOUR) and it is especially exciting to see Seth's research featured in the latest issue of [Mountains & Minds]!

       

       
  • Nov 9th 2019  DOE CTORA Project

    This weekend Nick is off to Golden, Colorado to mark the kickoff of a new research project funded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) of the US Department of Energy (DOE). That is a lot of "Energy"! This project, referred to by our group as "CTORA", is aimed at hydrogen and natural gas storage in commercial, farming, and mining vehicles, which currently account for a large share of overall greenhouse gas emissions in the US. More information about the award 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]