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

1/17/2016: Baldwin Liwanag joins Team Ardo. Welcome, Baldwin!

1/17/2016: Prof. Qureshi joins Team Ardo. Welcome, Qureshi!

1/9/2016: Mike Chen joins Team Ardo. Welcome, Mike!

12/23/2016: An article based on an interview with Shane titled "What will it take for the new Gates-led clean energy fund to be a breakthrough?" is published online by Devex, because Shane was identified as an expert to comment on Bill Gates' recent announcement of Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a $1 billion fund that will invest in clean energy innovation.

12/9/2016: Team Ardo uses electrodialysis to "desalinate" water and makes dye-sensitized solar cells using blackberry dyes with students from Cornelia Connelly High School at UCI. Thank you, Helen Wagner and Franklin Parmar for bringing your classes, and Kevin, Will, Houman, Chris, Bill, Joseph, and Shane for a fantastic half-day workshop!

12/8/2016: Team Ardo makes dye-sensitized solar cells using blackberry dyes with middle-school students from Sierra Preparatory Academy through the LEAPS program at UCI. Thank you, Will, Kevin, Houman, Chris, Bill, David, Joseph, Shane, Eric, and Anu!

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