• NOVEL GRAPHITE-LIKE MATERIALS   In 2016, we discovered a new [direct synthesis route] to bulk, high boron-content graphitic carbon, a material of long-time interest as an alternative to (pure carbon) graphite, especially in energy storage applications such as alkali metal-ion batteries. This exciting new synthetic direction toward heteroatom-doped graphitic materials (recently also extended to [phosphorus doping]) is currently being pursued further in our new laboratory at MSU.
Graphitic Materials
  • HIGH-PRESSURE HYDROGEN STORAGE   At pressures above 10 MPa (~100 atm) at room temperature, hydrogen becomes significantly non-ideal, requiring additional attention to the modeling of its behaviors in the presence of an adsorbent surface. These pressures are relevant to next-generation, on-board hydrogen storage vessels: tanks for compressed hydrogen storage at up to 10,000 psi (~69 MPa) have been [in development] already for some time. At MSU, we design and build apparatus to investigate adsorptive hydrogen storage at high pressures, and are working to develop a robust, assumption-less model for thermodynamic analysis.


  • ZEOLITE-TEMPLATED CARBON   Synthesized by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) within the pores of a zeolite template (a crystalline, microporous tectoaluminosilicate material), ZTCs are unique in their extremely high surface area and highly uniform pore structure, achieved "bottom-up" without any chemical or physical activation step. Applications for extremely high surface area materials such as ZTCs are broad ranging: from gas storage and gas separations, to electrodes in supercapacitors (and, recently, [Al]-, [K]-, and [Mg]-based battery-like devices!).
ZTC Synthesis Summary
  • NOVEL SUPERCRITICAL SOLVENTS   In 2014, we [discovered] nitrogen to be an effective solvent for the purification of porous, reactive gamma-phase magnesium borohydride. As this class of materials [continues to grow], the need for such atypical solvents will also grow and we have active interests in investigating low temperature supercritical solvents for advanced extraction and drying applications.
Nitrogen ScD
  • [YOUR PROJECT HERE!]   We have interests and capabilities in both materials synthesis (primarily devoted to carbon-based materials) and gas adsorption (measurement and theory), and welcome fresh new ideas for research that overlaps with these efforts. Recent collaborations include characterizing carbide-derived carbons, performing thermodynamic analyses of deep methane reservoirs, and synthesizing heteroatom-doped graphenes.