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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 five year old research group, having kicked off in January 2017. We are always 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 solid-state synthetic chemistry (quartz-blowing and high-temperature techniques). Gas adsorption measurements are a "bread and butter" activity in this group spanning almost all projects, and we have recently added several projects in electrochemistry. Our theoretical department is also seeking keen minds with an interest in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics to answer frontier questions in next-generation energy storage materials. Our work covers a lot of different bases - rotate in and take a look!

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Grad Students:

Our group is not currently seeking PhD students; however, if your interests are well-aligned with our activities, please contact Nick directly. For more information on pursuing a PhD in our department, check out the [Chemistry Admissions] page. Those who are 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.



  • Jul 30th 2021  High Conductivity Biochar

    Manuscript accepted: we present a thorough study of the electrical conductivity of lignin-derived biochars, an area of research with a very wide range of reports demonstrating conductivities as low as that of damp wood and as high as that of weakly conductive metals such as manganese. Together with Seth Kane and Prof. Cecily Ryan, and with statistical analysis by Rachel Ulrich, our team sorts through the synthetic parameters that permit tunability within this wide range. Ultimately, biochars can be prepared via simple, low-energy routes that meet or exceed the conductivities of petroleum-derived hard carbons, widely used in electrochemical energy storage applications. More details can be found [here].


  • Jun 16th 2021  Methane Adsorption on B-/N-Doped Carbon Surfaces

    Manuscript accepted: we report high precision (to ~1 kJ/mol) calculations of methane binding interactions on porous carbon surfaces, especially to assess the effects of boron- and nitrogen-substitution within the solid-state lattice. A tiny little molecular [maquette] was chosen to represent a wide range of porous carbons, which we refer to as MPh. Great work Rylan! Check out the details [here].


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  • May 24th 2021  Howdy Aksiin and Ryan

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    This week we welcome two new undergraduate researchers to the group: Aksiin Storer (from the University of Alaska Fairbanks) and Ryan Hinson (a student here at MSU). Aksiin is joining us with a summer fellowship from the REU program Next Generation Materials and Catalysts and Ryan is riding the wave (or is it more of a particle?) of his recent VPRED Scholarship funded by the Honors College. Both are tackling challenges in elucidating the mechanisms at play in important energy storage concepts: rapid charging of lithium-ion batteries and dense hydrogen storage by physisorption. 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, ZTCs are a novel class of 3D carbon materials warped out of the 2D... [continued here]


  • ULTRAFAST BATTERIES   We have several new projects in the design, fabrication, and testing of state-of-the-art and next-generation battery electrodes across several chemistries... [continued here]


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


  • E. E. Taylor, K. Garman, N. P. Stadie, “Atomistic Structures of Zeolite-Templated Carbon” Chem. Mater., 32 (7), 2742-2752 (2020) [link]


  • 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, 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]