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, photochemical, 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

7/15/2019: Joseph is now also Dr. Cardon. Congratulations on your successful thesis defense and thank you for being independent, generous, and inventive, Joseph!
Joseph Cardon during Ph.D. thesis defense

7/10/2019: The Ardo Group's collaborative perspective publication with the Furche Group at UCI titled "5-Methoxyquinoline Photobasicity is Mediated by Water Oxidation" is accepted for publication in The Journal of Physical Chemistry A. Congratulations, Saswata!

7/8-9/2019: Team Ardo makes dye-sensitized solar cells using blackberry dyes with middle-school students through the American Association of University Women (AAUW)-CA Tech Trek camps at UCI. Thank you, Cassidy, Simon, Leanna, Rohit, Rylan, and Zejie!

7/1/2019: Shane is now officially a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine. Go Team! Yet again, our hard work and dedication has paid off!

5/29/2019: Jerome Neal joins Team Ardo for the summer through the NSF CCI CaSTL UCI-ASU Pathways Program. Welcome, Jerome!

5/28/2019: Simon successfully passes his oral exam and is now a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry. Congratulations, Simon!

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