Professor of Chemistry, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering
Director of Ensembles of Photosynthetic Nanoreactors (EPN), a U.S. DOE Energy Frontier Research Center
University of California Irvine, Irvine, California, USA
Shane obtained a B.S. Degree in Mathematics, with a concentration in Computer Programming, from Towson University. He subsequently worked as a software engineer, community college instructor, and high school teacher, and also tried out for a professional indoor soccer team. Shane then obtained an M.S. Degree in Nutrition from the University of Maryland, College Park, and M.A. and Ph.D. Degrees in Photo-Physical Inorganic Chemistry from the Johns Hopkins University. He was also a DOE–EERE Postdoctoral Research Awardee at the California Institute of Technology.
Shane has been a faculty member at the University of California Irvine since 2013 and is currently a full Professor in the Department of Chemistry. He holds courtesy joint appointments in the Departments of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering, and is the Co-Director of the Chemical, Applied, and Materials Physics Program. Shane oversees the Ardo Group (chem.uci.edu/~ardo), a diverse team of innovators and educators that are allies for change. Their research spans solar energy conversion, carbon capture, and clean water, with specific expertise in photochemistry, electrochemistry, membranes, and ionics. Shane is the Director of Ensembles of Photosynthetic Nanoreactors (EPN, photosynthesis.uci.edu) – a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center founded in 2022 – is a member of the Liquid Sunlight Alliance (LiSA, www.liquidsunlightalliance.org) – a DOE Energy Innovation Hub founded in 2020 – and is the lead for broadening participation in the Center for Interfacial Ionics (CI2, ionics.uoregon.edu) – an NSF Center for Chemical Innovation founded in 2022. Shane is also a recipient of a DOE Early Career Research Award and two Beall Innovation Awards, and was named one of five inaugural Moore Inventor Fellows, a Sloan Research Fellow, a Cottrell Scholar, a Kavli Fellow, a Scialog Fellow, and a UCI Faculty Innovation Fellow.