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.

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, electrostatic engineering, and physical protection. New materials and molecules are being investigated, including photoacidic materials, multiple-electron-transfer oxidation catalysts, infrared-absorbing dyes, anion-conducting metal–organic frameworks, and functionalized monolayer materials. 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, and biology. Please contact Shane at ardo [at] uci [dot] edu for more information, and to discuss research opportunities in his laboratories.
Group News

11/3/2014: Jingshu Ma joins Team Ardo. Welcome, Jingshu!

11/3/2014: Nancy is invited to present a poster on her research at the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, CA. Congratulations, Nancy!

10/15/2014: Team Ardo makes dye-sensitized solar cells using blackberry dyes with students from Sierra Middle School through the LEAPS program at UCI. Thank you, Bill, , Claudia, David, Ron, Shane, Alana, Brandon, and Ryan!

8/22/2014: Sasuke Breen joins Team Ardo. Welcome, Sasuke!

8/15/2014: Team Ardo makes dye-sensitized solar cells using blackberry dyes with 3rd – 5th grade teachers in Orange County through the ESCAPE program at UCI. Thank you, Chris, Bill, Claudia, David, Ron, Jackie, Shane, Will, and Erik!

7/29/2014: Shane presents his first contributed oral presentation on the group's artificial proton pumps research in Session B1: Biomimetics at the 20th International Conference on Photochemical Conversion and Storage of Solar Energy (IPS20) in Berlin, Germany.

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