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 is available in the Ardo Laboratories! Please apply here.

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, electrostatic engineering, and physical protection. New materials and molecules are being investigated, including photoacidic materials, multiple-electron-transfer oxidation catalysts, infrared-absorbing dyes, anion-conducting metal–organic frameworks, and functionalized monolayer materials. 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

5/22/2015: Chris successfully passes his oral exam and is now a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry. Congratulations, Chris!

5/21/2015: Claudia receives the prestigious Gebel Award at the annual Edward K. C. Lee Dinner, an award given to a second-year chemistry graduate student working in environmental chemistry and who has had a period of work prior to graduate school. Shane was the emcee of the Lee Dinner and it was well-received. Congratulations, Claudia (and Shane)!

5/16/2015: Tabitha and Jackie each present a nice talk on her research at the 2015 UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium. Congratulations, Tabitha and Jackie!

5/1/2015: Kevin Tkacz joins Team Ardo. Welcome, Kevin!

4/20/2015: Diana Luong joins Team Ardo. Welcome, Diana!

4/15/2015: Tabitha Miller and Sasuke Breen officially accept offers to attend graduate school in the Department of Chemistry at UC Riverside and UC Irvine, respectively. Congratulations, Tabitha and Sasuke!

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