Sigma Xi Orange County Chapter

January Meeting

January 15th, 2019.


8:00 PM: “Development of a Plastic Water Bottle for Sunlight-Driven Desalination.” One in ten human beings does not have access to clean, potable water, a number which the United Nations Predicts will more than quadruple in the next 13 years, due mostly to population growth in developing nations. These water needs can be met by desalination of ocean water, but that requires a capital investment exceeding one trillion U.S. dollars.

Development of affordable technologies to desalinate salt water for human consumption and agriculture is critically important. Dr. Ardo’s research group recently invented a process for sunlight-driven desalination that can theoretically generate potable water 20 times faster than the competing process of solar-thermal distillation. Central to his approach is a mechanism for direct conversion of sunlight into ionic power that was demonstrated using inexpensive and scalable sheets of plastic.

About the speaker

Shane Ardo, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Chemistry in UCI’s School of Physical Sciences and holds a Courtesy Joint Appointment in Chemical Engineering & Materials Science in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in 2010 and M.A. in 2008 in Chemistry from Johns Hopkins; an MS in Nutrition in 2005 from University of Maryland and a B.S. in Mathematics in 1999 from Towson University. Dr. Shane was both a Kavli and Sloan Research Fellow and a Caltech postdoc.

Social 1/2 Hour:

6:30 PM (no host bar). Come and meet the speaker and the other attendees.


7:00 PM – Reservation required. Meatloaf seasoned to perfection with garlic mashed potatoes and fresh seasonal vegetables, warm rolls and creamery butter, chef’s choice dessert, freshly brewed regular and decaffeinated coffee, hot herbal tea. Vegetarian option available. Full bar service.

[Include your dinner preference (regular or vegetarian) with your check/reservation.]


Note the updated attendance and contact info, and the new dinner price.
Be sure to RSVP ASAP to ensure getting a seat!

Send your check (made out to Sigma Xi, Orange County Chapter), which must be received by Friday, January 11th, to

Dr. Peter Kurzhals
16944 Kawai Court.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708-2612

Paid-up members and their guests, $30; $35 for all others; $5 more if you pay at the door.

Dinner with no RSVP is $5 more and the entrée is whatever is available.

(Surprise attendees stress both the kitchen supplies and staff!)

There is no charge for attending the lecture only but

   (1) you won’t be admitted to the meeting room before 7:45, and

   (2) you must RSVP so we can have a chair for you!

Map and Directions

DoubleTree Club by Hilton Hotel Orange County Airport

In the parking lot, drive up to the front door. There will be no charge if you tell the valet parking attendants that you're going to the Sigma Xi meeting. Arrive early, as the parking lot sometimes fills up quickly.