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.

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

6/17/2015: Yuanxun Shao joins Team Ardo. Welcome, Yuanxun!

6/5/2015: Jackie receives the prestigious Michael Gebel Award at the annual Chemistry Department Year-End Reception, an award given to an undergraduate student who is doing an exemplary job in undergraduate research on environmentally related problems. Congratulations, Jackie!

6/5/2015: Claudia receives a Pedagogical Fellowship at the annual Chemistry Department Year-End Reception, which goes to an outstanding graduate student who will help with the TA Trainer program for the upcoming year. Congratulations, Claudia!

6/2/2015: Team Ardo makes dye-sensitized solar cells using blackberry dyes with students from Mendez Middle School through the LEAPS program at UCI. Thank you, Will, Bill, Chris, David, Ron, Joseph, Kevin, and Shane!

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