UCI chemistry assistant professor Shane Ardo is of 84 scientists from across the nation to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Program. The effort, now in its ninth year, is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work. Under the program, Ardo will receive at least $150,000 per year for his project, “Understanding and controlling the fundamental photochemistry of protonic solar energy conversion.” Ardo’s research seeks to create technologies that can sustainably and inexpensively desalinate seawater for both personal consumption and agriculture. As part of this work, Ardo is exploring the potential of creating plastic containers that, with a little sun power, could desalinate seawater, which, if successful, can help solve water scarcity problems for nearly a billion people worldwide.
DOE Early Career Research Award