The Ardo Group is a Team of Innovators that invent new ways to leverage daily variations in terrestrial photon fluxes between the Sun, the Earth, and the Universe to help close the Water Cycle, the Carbon Cycle, the Hydrogen Cycle, and the Nitrogen Cycle. More specifically, the central aim of the Ardo Group research program is to understand and control dynamics of non-equilibrium processes relevant to electrochemical & thermal desalination & atmospheric water harvesting (Moore Foundation & DOE NAWI Hub), oceanic carbon capture (DOE ARPA-E), solar H2 & liquid fuels devices (DOE EERE & DOE LiSA Hub), protonic photovoltaics (DOE BES), electrolyzer & fuel cell membranes (DoD ARO), and photonic heat pumps (UCI Beall Family Foundation).
5/17/2021: Joe Gonzales joins Team Ardo. Welcome, Joe!
1/29/2021: Ana Bender joins Team Ardo. Welcome, Ana!
1/19/2021: The Ardo Group receives funding from UCI Beall Applied Innovation, as Shane is named a Faculty Innovation Fellow in recognition of having an impact on society and being committed to enhancing UCI's culture of innovation. Go Team!
1/7-8/2021: Team Ardo runs a virtual Trust in the Scientific Method, Ask a Scientist event with middle-school students from McFadden Intermediate School. Thank you, Cassidy, Jen, Simon, Leanna, Rohit, Zejie, Gabe, Ethan, and Geoff!
12/23/2020: The Ardo Group's collaborative viewpoint publication with the Boettcher Group at the University of Oregon titled "Potentially Confusing: Potentials in Electrochemistry" is accepted for publication in ACS Energy Letters. Congratulations, Shannon (UO) and the rest of the team!
11/9/2020: Zejie successfully passes his oral exam and is now a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry. Congratulations, Justin!
11/5/2020: Gabe successfully passes his oral exam and is now a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry. Congratulations, Gabe!
11/2/2020: Cassidy successfully passes her oral exam and is now a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry. Congratulations, Cassidy!
10/22/2020: Jen and Geoff successfully pass their preliminary oral exam in the Department of Chemistry. Congratulations, Jen and Geoff!
10/20/2020: The Ardo Group and the Atwater Group and Xiang Group receive collaborative funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E) through the Topics Informing New Program Areas (TINA)'s Direct Removal of Carbon Dioxide from Oceanwater (DOC) Topic for "Development of an Off-Shore, Stand-Alone System for Efficient CO2 Removal from Oceanwater." Go Team!
10/2/2020: Ethan successfully passes his preliminary oral exam in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering. Congratulations, Ethan!
9/9/2020: At the annual Graduate Student Awards Ceremony, Rohit receives the prestigious Gebel Award, an award given to a 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 virtual Awards Ceremony and it was well-received. Congratulations, Rohit (and Shane)!
8/31/2020: Rylan is now also Dr. Kautz. Congratulations on your successful thesis defense and thank you for being systematic, genuine, and perseverant, Rylan!
8/13/2020: The Ardo Group, Boettcher Group, Markland Group, Minus Group, Sa Group, Surendranath Group, and Wang Group receive collaborative funding from Research Corporation for Science Advancement's Cottrell Scholars Collaborative for "Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the age of COVID-19: A new STEM pipeline model that grows undergraduate research at minority-serving institutions via collaboration, personnel exchange and online training." Go Team!
7/29/2020: The Ardo Group, Caltech, LBNL, SLAC, NREL, UC San Diego, and the University of Oregon as part of the Liquid Sunlight Alliance (LiSA), with Harry Atwater (Caltech) as the Director, are awarded one of two Fuels from Sunlight Hubs from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science through the Office of Basic Energy Sciences. Go Team! And congratulations to Jerry Meyer (UNC) (Shane's Ph.D. Advisor) as the Director of the Center for Hybrid Approaches in Solar Energy to Liquid Fuels (CHASE), the other awarded Fuels from Sunlight Hub.