Shenqiang Ren

Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering


Dr. Shenqiang Ren earned his Ph.D. degree in Materials Science at the University of Maryland, College Park (08/2005-09/2009), and then served as a post-doctoral fellow in Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, 09/2009-06/2011). He started his independent research career as assistant professor at the University of Kansas in August 2011. After three years, he received an early promotion to tenured associate professor at the University of Kansas. Dr. Ren’s area of expertise involves the energy-critical material design, nanosynthesis and bottom-up nanomanufacturing, with the special emphasis on the areas of energy harvesting, conversion and sensing applications.  

He received a 2015 National Science Foundation – CAREER Award, 2014 Army Research Office – Young Investigator Award (DOD-YIP), 2014 RSC Emerging Investigator – Journal of Material Chemistry, 2013 NSF Kansas-EPSCOR First Award, 2013 Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship, 2012 KU New Faculty General Research Fund, 2009 China’s National Award for Outstanding Graduate Students Abroad, 2009 Dean's Doctoral Research Award (First Prize) and Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award at University of Maryland, College Park.


  • Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park
  • B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Academic Appointments 

  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Temple University, July 2015-present
  • Associate Professor, University of Kansas, 2014-2015
  • Assistant Professor, University of Kansas, 2011-2014
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009-2011  

Recent Publications 

  • Alec Kirkeminde, Stan Spurlin, Laura Draxler-Sixta, Jamie Cooper, Shenqiang Ren*, "Metal Redox Processes for the Controlled Synthesis of Metal Alloy Nanoparticles", Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 54, 4203 (2015). Selected as VIP Articles.
  • Maogang Gong, Alec Kirkeminde, Manfred Wuttig and Shenqiang Ren*, "Phase Transformation Induced Tetragonal-FeCo Nanostructures", Nano Letters, DOI:10.1021/nl5030485 (2014).
  • Alec Kirkeminde, Shenqiang Ren*, "Interdiffusion Induced Exchange Coupling of L10-FePd/α-Fe Magnetic Nanocomposites​".Nano Letters, 14, 4493​​ (2014).
  • Maogang Gong, Tejas A. Shastry, Yu Xie, Marco Bernardi, Daniel Jasion, Kyle A. Luck, Tobin J. Marks, Jeffrey C. Grossman, Shenqiang Ren*, and Mark C. Hersam*, "Polychiral Semiconducting Carbon Nanotube-Fullerene Solar Cells",Nano Letters, 14, 5308 (2014).
  • Wei Qin, Jess Lohrman. Shenqiang Ren*, "Magnetic and Optoelectronic Properties of Gold Nanocluster-Thiophene Assembly​". Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 126, 7444 (2014).
  • Wei Qin, Dan Jasion, Xiaomin Chen, Manfred Wuttig, Shenqiang Ren*, "Charge-Transfer Magnetoelectrics of Polymeric Multiferroics". ACS Nano, 8, 3671 (2014).
  • Wei Qin, Maogang Gong, Xiaomin Chen, Tejas A. Shastry, Ridwan Sakidja, Guoliang Yuan, Mark C. Hersam, Manfred Wuttig and Shenqiang Ren*, "Multiferroicity of Carbon-Based Charge Transfer Magnets", Advanced Materials, DOI:10.1002/adma.201403396 (2014).

Research Interests

  • Energy-critical material design
  • Nanosynthesis
  • Bottom-up nanomanufacturing, with the special emphasis on the areas of energy harvesting, conversion and sensing applications