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.
Group News

8/25/2016: David and Rohini (our LBNL collaborator) are notified of acceptance of their abstracts for talks at the 2016 Fall Materials Research Society (MRS) Meeting to be held in Boston, MA. Congratulations, David and Rohini!

8/23/2016: Dave Peterson from the U.S. Department of Energy visits UCI for our EERE Incubator Program Project's Annual Site Visit. Thanks for visiting, Dave!
Dave Peterson and the EERE Incubator Program Team outside of Rowland Hall

8/19/2016: The Ardo Group receives federal funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation through the Chemical Catalysis Program for "Understanding and controlling photoinduced self-exchange reactions across sensitized mesoporous thin films to drive multiple-electron-transfer catalysis." Go Team!
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