STADIE RESEARCH GROUP
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 "two 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!
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.
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.
- Mar 30th 2019 Expanding Your Horizons
We had a great time hosting ~50 young scientists in our laboratory this weekend, investigating the greenhouse effect and a possible solution for carbon dioxide capture using porous adsorbent materials. We proudly carry out this work as part of the [Expanding Your Horizons] Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to sparking and/or stoking an interest in science and engineering in junior-high and high school girls across Montana. Thank you Erin for being an excellent teacher and role model to these future investigators!
- Mar 26th 2019 Langmuir: a Centennial Review
Manuscript accepted: our feature article reviewing the contributions of Dr. Irving Langmuir to the theory of adsorption has been published. Congratulations to Hans who helped significantly with the writing and research, especially in scrutinizing the large body of pre-1900 literature that is written almost entirely in German and French. We gratefully acknowledge Cory Simon and Arni Sturluson who contributed to the statistical mechanical derivations, as well as Erin Hanson who contributed her artistic talents. Learn more about the fascinating life and work of Langmuir [here].
- Feb 10th 2019 Research Expansion Fund
We are very grateful and excited to receive a Research Expansion Fund (REF) award from the Office of Research and Economic Development to support our work on [phosphorus-doped graphitic carbon], a new bulk material containing a high concentration of unoxidized phosphorus. This material has promising applications in electrochemical energy storage and conversion technologies, and we are looking forward to carrying out the next phase of its investigation.
- Jan 23rd 2019 Congrats Seth and Dylan
Congratulations to both Seth and Dylan for writing excellent proposals and receiving a full semester of [USP] funding. Seth is set up to investigate the high-pressure hydrogen storage properties of graphitic carbons containing varying concentrations of heteroatom dopants, especially B and N. Dylan is working on the technicolour synthesis of boron-doped graphitic carbon via a (somewhat troublesome) top-secret precursor, and will take a shot at "cracking" its code. Good luck guys!
- [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]
- 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)2” J. 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]