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.

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, electrical engineering, and biology.
Group News

4/17/2017: Will and Chris's co-first-author publication titled "Observation of Photovoltaic Action from Photoacid-Modified Nafion Due to Light-Driven Ion Transport" which reports on the group's seminal work on light-driven ion pumps is accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Congratulations, Will, Chris, David, and Ron!

4/6/2017: David is awarded a U.S. DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Award to perform 6 months of research under Dr. Matthew Beard at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO. Congratulations, David!

3/20/2017: Shane presents an invited university seminar in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Utah. Thanks for the invitation and wonderful time, Shelley!

3/9/2017: Eric Schwartz joins Team Ardo. Welcome, Eric!

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