The central theme of the Ardo Group's research program is to understand and control reaction mechanisms at interfaces, with the goal of maximizing energy-conversion efficiency for realistic applications, including solar fuels devices, photovoltaics, solar seawater desalination, redox flow batteries, and fuel cells.

A new Postdoctoral Position in Polymer Materials Chemistry is available in the Ardo Laboratories! Please apply here.

Dye-Modified Ion-Exchange Membranes

Asymmetry is the key characteristic responsible for light-induced charge separation and current rectification; it is present in semiconductors, biological membranes, and molecular donor–chromophore–acceptor complexes. Members of the Ardo Group design and control asymmetry through modeling, synthesis, and engineering of molecule–material structures. The electrochemical, photoelectrochemical, and photophysical properties of hard and soft material interfaces are manipulated via molecular functionalization and electrostatic engineering. New materials and molecules are being investigated, including photoacidic materials, multiple-electron-transfer oxidation catalysts, infrared-absorbing dyes, chemically modified surfaces, and ion-conducting metal–organic frameworks. The results from each study are pertinent to fundamental electrochemistry and charge-transfer, energy-transfer, and ion-transfer phenomena.

The Ardo Group is well-suited for students and postdoctoral scholars with various backgrounds and expertise, spanning the disciplines of chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, physics, and biology.
Group News

12/1/2016: Sam Keene joins Team Ardo. Welcome, Sam!

11/9/2016: An article based on an interview with Shane titled "A Mission To Invent a Bottle That Takes the Salt Out of Saltwater" is published online by Smithsonian.com that describes the Ardo Group's research and vision for a new technology to desalinate salt water using a novel light-driven ion pumping process. Go Team!

11/2/2016: An article based on an interview with Shane titled "UCI chemist Shane Ardo named one of 5 inaugural Moore Inventor Fellows" is published online by UC Irvine that describes the Ardo Group's research and vision for a new technology to desalinate salt water using a novel light-driven ion pumping process. Go Team!

11/2/2016: The Ardo Group receives funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, as Shane is named a Moore Inventor Fellow to pursue research and development of a "materials invention [that] uses sunlight to drive a novel ion-pumping mechanism." Go Team!
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11/1/2016: The Ardo Group receives funding from the Beall Family Foundation for a Beall Innovation Award to pursue research and development of "A safe ion-exchange membrane to revolutionize fuel cells, electrolyzers, and solar desalination." Go Team!

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