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

4/18/2014: Jeff Che joins joins Team Ardo. Welcome, Jeff!

4/1/2014: David is awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations, David!

3/31/2014: Shane delivers his first undergraduate lecture for the Majors/Honors Quantitative Analytical General Chemistry Laboratory course

3/14/2014: Shane was interviewed by the Department of Energy about his experience as a DOE–EERE Postdoctoral Research Awardee.

3/10/2014: Victor's abstract is accepted for a presentation at the 2014 ACS Southern California Undergraduate Research Conference in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Congratulations, Victor!

HPTS Analog2/22/2014: One of our primary target compounds is synthesized. Excellent work, Chris!

2/7/2014: Ron Reiter joins joins Team Ardo. Welcome, Ron!

2/4/2014: Tabitha Miller joins joins Team Ardo. Welcome, Tabitha!

1/15/2014: David Fabian joins Team Ardo. Welcome, David!

12/18/2013: The upgrade to the LSF's nanosecond transient absorption and photoluminescence system is complete, tested, and ready for action! Thank you, Dima and Hsiang-Yun, for your tireless efforts.
First TRPL Kinetics of Ru-polypyridyl dye on TiO2

12/11/2013: Victor Macedonio joins Team Ardo. Welcome, Victor!

12/11/2013: Claudia Ramirez joins Team Ardo. Welcome, Claudia!

11/22/2013: Team Ardo makes dye-sensitized solar cells using blackberry dyes with students from Sierra Middle School through the LEAPS program at UCI. Thank you, Hsiang-Yun, Bill, Shane, and Millie!

10/25/2013: Bill Gaieck joins Team Ardo. Welcome, Bill!

10/16/2013: Team Ardo welcomes its youngest member, Ryan Nicholas Ardo, into the world. He's Shane's favorite.

10/6/2013: Team Ardo makes dye-sensitized solar cells using blackberry dyes with attendees at the 2013 DOE Solar Decathlon. Thank you, Hsiang-Yun, Chris, and Shane!

9/26/2013: Shane delivers his first lecture for the graduate-level Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics course

9/15/2013: The Ardo Group is now officially at UCI!

7/1/2013: Dr. Hsiang-Yun Chen officially joins Team Ardo. Welcome, Hsiang-Yun!

4/25/2013: The Ardo Group exists! Chris Sanborn joins Team Ardo. Welcome, Chris!