The central theme of the Ardo Group's research program is to understand and control photoinduced reaction mechanisms at interfaces, with the goal of maximizing energy-conversion efficiency for realistic applications.
Asymmetry is the key characteristic responsible for light-induced charge separation; it is present in semiconductors, biological membranes, and molecular donorchromophoreacceptor complexes. The Ardo Group will design and control asymmetry through synthesis, engineering, and modeling of moleculematerial structures for solar energy conversion. The photoelectrochemical and photophysical properties of hard and soft material interfaces will be manipulated via molecular functionalization, electrostatic engineering, and physical protection. New materials and molecules will be investigated, including quantum-dot-based photoacids, multiple-electron-transfer halide-oxidation catalysts, anion-conducting metal organic frameworks, and functionalized monolayer materials. The results from each study will be pertinent to fundamental electrochemistry and charge-, energy-, 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.