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

11/2/2018: Sam is now also Dr. Keene. Congratulations on your successful thesis defense and thank you for being efficient, jovial, and having the Midas Touch, Sam!
Sam Keene during Ph.D. thesis defense

10/26/2018: Shane hosts Akihiko Kudo who visits UCI as part of the UCI Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science Seminar Series to talk about photocatalysis with the Ardo Group and others. Thanks for the great visit and thought-provoking seminar, Prof. Kudo!
Prof. Kudo, Shane, Kenta, and Xiaoqing in front of restaurant

10/16/2018: Sam's publication titled "Calculations of theoretical efficiencies for electrochemically-mediated tandem solar water splitting as a function of bandgap energies and redox shuttle potential" is accepted for publication in Energy & Environmental Science. Congratulations, Sam!

10/2/2018: Shane hosts Dunwei Wang who visits UCI as part of the UCI Department of Chemistry Physical Seminar Series to talk about photoelectrochemistry with the Ardo Group and others. Thanks for the great visit and thought-provoking seminar, Dunwei!
Matt, Jenny, Shane, and Dunwei at the hotel

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