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

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!

2/21/2017: The Ardo Group receives funding from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, as Shane is named a Cottrell Scholar to pursue research and development of "Photoacid-Sensitized Polymers as Light-Driven Ion Pumps for Photodialysis of Salt Water and Mapping Functional Neuron Connectivity." Go Team!
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2/21/2017: The Ardo Group receives funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, as Shane is named a Sloan Research Fellow to pursue research and development of electrochemical and photophysical processes at the interface of molecules and materials. Go Team!
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