Shane Ardo

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Assistant Professor, Chemistry
School of Physical Sciences
Courtesy Joint Appointment, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
The Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2010, Chemistry
M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 2008, Chemistry
M.S., University of Maryland, College Park, 2005, Nutrition
B.S., Towson University, 1999, Mathematics

Phone: (949) 824-3796
Fax: (949) 824-8571
Email: ardo@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
Natural Sciences II Building, Room 2131
     (Main Lab Office: Rowland Hall, Room 596 ((949) 824-1218))
Mail Code: 2025
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
solar, photoelectrochemistry, electrochemistry, photochemistry, photophysics, dye-sensitized, membrane, ion-exchange, flow battery, photoacid, materials, inorganic, physical, engineering, physics
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Academic Distinctions
Faculty
DOE Early Career Research Award, DOE, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, 2018
Scialog Fellow, Research Corporation for Science Advancement Scialog Initiative: Advanced Energy Storage, 2017
Kavli Fellow, The Kavli Foundation, 2017
Cottrell Scholar Award, Research Corporation for Science Advancement, 2017
Sloan Research Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 2017
Moore Inventor Fellow, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, 2016
Beall Innovation Award, Beall Family Foundation, 2016
Poster Award Talk, Gordon Research Conference, Electron Donor–Acceptor Interactions, 2016
Group Safety Award, UCI Department of Chemistry, 2016

Postdoctoral
Physical Division Postdoctoral Research Award, American Chemical Society, PHYS Division, 2013
Postdoctoral Research Award in Photoelectrochemical H2 Production, Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 2011–2013
Yale Climate & Energy Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yale University, Climate & Energy Institute, 2010 (declined)

Doctoral
Harry and Cleio Greer Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, Chemistry Department, 2009–2010
Poster Award Talk, Gordon Research Conference, Electron Donor–Acceptor Interactions, 2010
Poster Award Talk, Molecular Solar Fuels International Conference, 2009
Talk Award, Eaton E. Lattman Graduate Student Community Lecture Series, Johns Hopkins University, 2008
Ernest M. Marks Award, Johns Hopkins University, Chemistry Department, 2005
Appointments
DOE–EERE Postdoctoral Research Awardee, California Institute of Technology, Chemistry Department, Prof. Nathan S. Lewis, 2011–2013

Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology, Chemistry Department, Prof. Nathan S. Lewis, 2010–2011
Research Abstract
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 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.

Generally, the Ardo Group's research consists of five main project categories:

  • Artificial Light-Driven Ion Pumps: Ionic energy-conversion interfaces and photoinduced ion transfer
  • Sunlight-Driven Charge Accumulation: A paradigm shift for dye-sensitized solar-energy-conversion devices
  • Solar-Energy Conversion and Storage Systems: New device architectures and chemistries
  • Ion-Exchange Membranes for Non-Noble-Metal Electrocatalysis: Locally benign environments
  • Next-Generation Thin-Film Solar Cells: Leveraging organic dications to combat instability

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 biophysics.
Publications
(51) Sanborn, C. D.; Chacko, J. V.; Digman, M.; Ardo S.* Chem 2019, "accepted". Interfacial and Nanoconfinement Effects Decrease the Excited-State Acidity of Polymer-Bound Photoacids.

(50) Tkaczibson, K.; Ardo, S.* Sustainable Energy & Fuels 2019, accepted, DOI: 10.1039/C9SE00009G. Numerical Monte Carlo Simulations of Charge Transport across the Surface of Dye and Cocatalyst Modified Spherical Nanoparticles under Conditions of Pulsed or Continuous Illumination.

(49) Fabian, D. M.; Ziller, J. W.; Solis-Ibarra, D.; Ardo, S.* ACS Applied Energy Materials 2019, 2, 2178–2187. Demonstration of Photovoltaic Action and Enhanced Stability from a Quasi-Two-Dimensional Hybrid Organic–Inorganic Copper–Halide Material Incorporating Divalent Organic Groups.

(48) Fabian, D. M.; Ganose, A. M.; Ziller, J. W.; Scanlon, D. O.; Beard, M. C.; Ardo, S.* ACS Applied Energy Materials 2019, 2, 1579–1587. Influence of One Specific Carbon–Carbon Bond on the Quality, Stability, and Photovoltaic Performance of Hybrid Organic–Inorganic Bismuth–Iodide Materials.

(47) Patra A. S.; Chauhan, M. S.; Keene, S.; Gogoi, G.; Reddy, K. A.; Ardo, S.*; Prasad, D. L. V. K.*; Qureshi, M.* Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2019, 123, 233–249. Combined Experimental and Theoretical Insights into the Synergistic Effect of Cerium Doping and Oxygen Vacancies in BaZrO3–d Hollow Nanospheres for Efficient Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production.

(46) Keene, S.; Bala Chandran, R.; Ardo, S.* Energy & Environmental Science 2019, 12, 261–272. Calculations of Theoretical Efficiencies for Electrochemically-Mediated Tandem Solar Water Splitting as a Function of Bandgap Energies and Redox Shuttle Potential.

(45) Barrera, M.; Ardo, S.; Crivelli, I.; Loeb, B.; Meyer, G. J. Journal of Photochemistry & Photobiology A: Chemistry 2018, 364, 510–515. Calculations of Theoretical Efficiencies for Electrochemically-Mediated Tandem Solar Water Splitting as a Function of Bandgap Energies and Redox Shuttle Potential.

(44) Ardo, S.*; Fernandez Rivas, D.*; Modestino, M.*; Schulze Greiving, V.*; et al. (45 total co-authors) Energy & Environmental Science 2018, 11, 2768–2783. Pathways to Electrochemical Solar-Hydrogen Technologies.

(43) Dunfield, S. P.; Moore, D. T.; Klein T. R.; Fabian, D. M.; Christians, J. A.; Dixon, A. G.; Dou, B.; Ardo, S.; Beard, M. C.; Shaheen, S. E.; Berry, J. J.; van Hest, M. F. A. M. ACS Energy Letters 2018, 3, 1192–1197. Curtailing Perovskite Processing Limitations via Lamination at the Perovskite/Perovskite Interface.

(42) Gogoi, G.; Keene, S.; Patra, A. S.; Sahu, T. K.; Ardo, S.; Qureshi, M. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2018, 6, 6718–6729. A novel hybrid of g-C3N4 and MoS2 integrated onto Cd0.5Zn0.5S: Rational design with efficient charge transfer for enhanced photocatalytic activity.

(41) Hanna, C.; Sanborn, C. D.; Ardo, S.; Yang, J. Y. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2018, 10, 13211–13217. Interfacial Electron Transfer of Ferrocene Immobilized onto Indium Tin Oxide Through Covalent and Non-Covalent Interactions.

(D) Ardo, S.; White, W.; Sanborn, C. D.; Cardon, J. M.; Reiter, R. S.; Schwartz, E. PCT International Patent Application, University of California Irvine, 2018, 15/698,324 (Provisional patent 2016, 62/384,503), Publication number: US20180065095 A1. Light-Driven Ion-Pumping Membrane Systems.

(40) Chen, H.-Y.; Ardo, S.* Nature Chemistry 2018, 10, 17–23. Direct observation of sequential oxidations of a titania-bound molecular proxy catalyst generated through illumination of molecular sensitizers.

(39) White, W.; Sanborn, C. D.; Fabian, D. M.; Ardo, S.* Joule 2018, 2, 94–109. Conversion of visible light into ionic power using photoacid-dye-sensitized bipolar ion-exchange membranes.

(38) Bala Chandran, R.; Breen, S.; Shao, Y.; Ardo, S.*; Weber, A. Z.* Energy & Environmental Science 2018, 11, 115–135. Evaluating Particle-Suspension Reactor Designs for Z-Scheme Solar Water Splitting via Transport and Kinetic Modeling.

Publications Prior to 2018
Grants
U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Fuel Cell Technologies Office, Incubator Grant (2015 - 2018; Team Lead)
U.S. National Science Foundation, Division of Chemistry, Chemical Catalysis Program (2016 - 2019)
Beall Family Foundation, Beall Innovation Award (2016 - 2017)
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Moore Inventor Fellowship (2016 - 2019)
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Sloan Research Fellowship (2017 - 2019)
Research Corporation for Science Advancement, Cottrell Scholar Award (2017 - 2020)
UC MEXUS-CONACYT, Collaborative Research Grant (2017 - 2018; Team co-Lead)
Research Corporation for Science Advancement, Cottrell Scholars Collaborative (2017 - 2019; co-PI)
Nissan Chemical Corporation, Sponsored Research (2017 - 2018)
U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, DOE Early Career Research Award (2018 - 2023)
UCI, Office of Research, Research Seed Funding (2019 - 2020; co-PI)
UCI, Office of Research, Research Seed Funding (2019 - 2020; Team Lead)
Nissan Chemical Corporation, Sponsored Research (2019 - 2020)
Professional Societies
American Chemical Society (ACS)
U.S. DOE Photoelectrochemical Working Group
The Electrochemical Society (ECS)
Materials Research Society (MRS)
UCI Chemical and Materials Physics (ChaMP) Graduate Program
UCI Center for Solar Energy
UC Innovative Materials for Energy Working Group
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
ACS Applied Energy Materials Editorial Advisory Board
Other Experience
Software & Quality Assurance Engineer
Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc. 1993—1996

Information Technology Consultant
Xpedior / Metamor, Inc. 1999—2000

Software Engineer
Physiome Sciences, Inc. 2001—2001

Mathematics & Computer Science Instructor
Community College of Baltimore County 2000—2001

Mathematics & Computer Programming Teacher
Baltimore City College High School 2001—2003

Last updated
04/15/2019