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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.


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.



  • Oct 12th 2018  New Materials Cookin'

    Graphitic Carbon

    With incoming graduate student rotations well underway, we are excited to report (well, tease) the discovery and synthesis of a new compound. We're now headed back in the direction of electron-poor, heteroatom-doped graphitic phases with all sorts of interesting potential applications in energy storage and catalysis. Much remains to characterize and understand here, but we promise to give an update ASAP. Well done, Devin and Izzy!

  • Sep 27th 2018  ERI Annual Meeting

    Devin and Nick gave talks at this year's Energy Research Institute (ERI) meeting, with the main theme being new chemical routes to tuning the energy storage characteristics of graphitic carbon, both for gas storage (especially methane and hydrogen) as well as electrochemical energy storage (in capacitive batteries). Montana has a bright future (literally!) for solar energy, but clever storage concepts will be a key part of the overall solution. We are grateful to be involved in the discussion!


  • Sep 14th 2018  IWPMA, Pretoria, South Africa

    Nick is giving a talk at the International Workshop on Porous Materials and their Applications (IWPMA) today about our group's efforts to design and synthesize carbon framework materials with homogeneous structure and composition: zeolite-templated carbon (ZTC). This approach may just be a promising route to obtaining the elusive three-connected, negatively curved fullerenes carrying minimal surface topology known as Schwarzites, but much work remains to be carried out... In the meantime, we continue to employ ZTC in several new applications, especially as fast and high-capacity battery electrode materials. We are very grateful to [CSIR] for the invitation.


    Zeolite-Templated Carbon

  • Aug 27th 2018  Langmuir's 100th

    Adsorption Theory

    One hundred years have passed since the publication of Irving Langmuir's third installment in his classic trifecta of papers we refer to internally as [Langmuir 1916], [Langmuir 1917], and [Langmuir 1918]. Together, these works birthed the multifaceted field of surface science that comprises such hugely important subdisciplines as heterogeneous catalysis and porous materials science. Our group is indebted to both the theoretical and experimental cleverness of this work, and we still plunge deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole a century later. This week we celebrate. Happy centennial!

  • Aug 2nd 2018  Farewell Serge

    Well, Serge, you really made an impact on our group in a short period of time. We are both excited for you to start a daring new adventure in Urbana-Champaign and sad to miss out on the day-to-day good humour, dedicated work ethic, and clever workarounds you demonstrated here. Rest assured, with your experiments as a strong foundation we will continue to forge ahead (no pun intended!) in our efforts to tame the disordered heteroatom-doped graphites you've lent your time and steady hands to over the last year. All the best et bon voyage!


    Serge Farewell Picture

  • [News Archive]


  • 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]


For a complete list see [here], or check out Nick's Google Scholar page [here].


  • 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]