The central theme of the Ardo Group's research program is to understand and control reaction mechanisms at interfaces, with the goal of optimizing energy conversion for practical applications, including solar seawater desalination, solar fuels devices, photovoltaics, redox flow batteries, and fuel cells.

Dye-Modified Ion-Exchange Membranes

Watch a short video from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation explaining The Ardo Group's solar desalination concept and Shane's Distinctive Voices Lecture (53 minutes) from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine titled "Development of a plastic water bottle for sunlight-driven desalination."

Asymmetry is the key characteristic responsible for light-induced charge separation, current rectification, selective catalysis, and energy transport; it is operative 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 multiple-electron-transfer oxidation catalysts, near-infrared-absorbing dyes, photoacidic nanocrystals, chemically modified surfaces, and ion-conducting polymers. 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, applied physics, electrical engineering, and biophysics.
Group News

8/30/2017: 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 awarded the front cover art in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Congratulations, Will, Chris, David, and Ron!

8/15/2017: Dave Peterson and Eric Miller from the U.S. Department of Energy visit UCI for our EERE Incubator Program Project's Annual Site Visit. Thanks for visiting, Dave and Eric!
Dave Peterson, Eric Miller, and the EERE Incubator Program Team in the Ardo Laboratories

8/11/2017: The Ardo Group and several other Cottrell Scholar collaborators receive collaborative funding from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement's Cottrell Scholars Collaborative for "Training Faculty to Assist Students in Career Planning." Go Teams!
Cottrell Scholars Collaborative Logo

7/31/2017: Kevin successfully passes his oral exam and is now a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of ChEMS. Congratulations, Kevin!

7/19/2017: Will is invited to present a talk at Pittcon 2018 in a session that highlights young and emerging talent in the field of electrochemistry. Congratulations, Will!

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