People & Research

Shenqiang Ren

Assistant Professor

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1251 Wescoe Hall Drive
3012 Malott Hall
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045

Phone: (785) 864-2315

Fax: (785) 864-5396


Academic Degrees

  • B.S., 2004, Nanjing University of Aero. Astro., Nanjing, P. R. China
  • Ph.D., 2009, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Postdoctoral Associate, 09/2009-08/2011, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Areas of Specialization

Materials Chemistry, Synthesis, Self-Assembly of Low-dimensional Nanomaterials

Research Interests

Ren Group Web Site

Welcome to the Renewable and Emerging Nanomaterials group (REN) at KU led by Shenqiang Ren. Our goal is to define the field of materials nanochemistry, the dynamic coupling between materials science and chemistry at nanoscale that controls many key chemical and physical properties of both renewable energy and multifunctional materials. Our interdisciplinary group integrates all the aspects of materials research from developing of synthetic strategies to the synthesis and testing of new broadly-defined nanomaterials. We are interested in exploring new nanomaterials and understanding their “bottom-up” assembly, which may bring breakthroughs in both fundamental nanoscience and lead to revolutionary nanotechnologies toward solar harvesting systems, information technology and biotechnology.

We are committed to realizing our vision by focusing on three main thrusts: (a) synthesis of low-dimensional nanomaterials based on the bottom-up paradigm, including quantum dots, nanoclusters, nanowires, nanotubes and thin films; (b) self-assembly of well-defined hierarchical nanoarchitectures to understand and control novel properties of self-assembled nanomaterials; (c) renewable energy related new science and functional applications, such as nanostructured solar cells, photo-electrochemical cells, thermoelectrics, plasmonics etc. The Ren group offers research opportunities for students interest in materials science, chemistry, engineering work, or a combination of these.

Selected Publications

  1. S.Q Ren, N. Zhao, et al. "Heterojunction Photovoltaics using GaAs Nanowires and Conjugated Polymers," Nano Lett., 11, 408 (2011).
  2. S.Q Ren, S. Lim, and S. Gradecak, "Thermal Responsiveness: Self-Assembled Block Copolymer Au clusters," Chem. Commun., 46, 6246 (2010).
  3. M. Tambe, S.Q Ren and S. Gradecak, "Effects of Gold Diffusion on n-type Doping of GaAs Nanowires," Nano Lett., 10, 4584 (2010).
  4. S.Q Ren, M. Laver and M. Wuttig, "Nanolamellar Magnetoelectric BaTiO3-CoFe2O4 Bicrystal," Appl. Phys. Lett., 95, 153504 (2009).
  5. S.Q Ren, R. M. Briber and M. Wuttig, "Self-Organized Magnetolectric 2D Onions," Appl. Phys. Lett., 94, 113507 (2009);
  6. S.Q. Ren, R. M. Briber and M. Wuttig, "Diblock Copolymer Based Self-Assembled Nanomagnetoelectric," Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 173507 (2008);
  7. S.Q. Ren and M. Wuttig, "Magnetoelectric nano-Fe3O4 CoFe2O4//PbZr0.53Ti0.47O3 Composite," Appl. Phys. Lett. 92, 083502 (2008);
  8. S.Q Ren and M. Wuttig, "Spinodally Synthesized Magnetoelectrics," Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 083501 (2007).
  9. S. Lim, M. Murakami, W. Sarney, S.Q Ren, et al. "The Effects of Multiphase Formation on Strain Relaxation and Magnetization in Multiferroic BiFeO3 Thin Films," Adv. Func. Mater. 17, 2594 (2007).
  10. S.Q Ren and L. Weng, et al. "BaTiO3/CoFe2O4 particulate composites with large high frequency magnetoelectric response," J. Mater. Sci. 40, 16 (2005).

Complete List of Publications

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