Fei Ren is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Temple University. He received his Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering from Michigan State University in 2007. Prior to joining Temple University, he was a postdoctoral and then a staff scientist in the Materials Science and Technology Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He has authored nearly 50 articles in peer reviewed journals and more than 80 presentations at technical conferences.

Research Interests

  • Materials Processing
  • Mechanical Testing, Energy Materials
  • Composite Materials
  • Microstructural Analysis
  • Failure Analysis

Courses Taught




MEE 3117

Computer-Aided Mechanical Design


MEE 4577

Power Generation and Storage Technologies


MEE 4643

Manufacturing Engineering


MEE 5577

Power Generation and Storage Technologies


MEE 5643

Manufacturing Engineering


ENGR 3201

Material Science for Engineers


Selected Publications

  • Zhu, L., Gao, W., Dikin, D.A., Percec, S., & Ren, F. (2023). Anti-Ballistic Performance of PPTA/UHMWPE Laminates. Polymers (Basel), 15(10). Switzerland. doi: 10.3390/polym15102281

  • Zhu, L., Evans, R., Zhou, Y., & Ren, F. (2022). Wear Study of Cubic Boron Nitride (cBN) Cutting Tool for Machining of Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI) with Different Metalworking Fluids. LUBRICANTS, 10(4). doi: 10.3390/lubricants10040051

  • Wu, H.J., Ning, S.T., Qi, N., Ren, F., Chen, Z.Q., Su, X.L., & Tang, X.F. (2021). Extremely low thermal conductivity of beta-Ga2O3 with porous structure. JOURNAL of APPLIED PHYSICS, 130(19). doi: 10.1063/5.0069338

  • Zhong, H., Gao, G., Wang, X., Wu, H., Shen, S., Zuo, W., Cai, G., Wei, G., Shi, Y., Fu, D., Jiang, C., Wang, L., & Ren, F. (2021). Ion Irradiation Inducing Oxygen Vacancy-Rich NiO/NiFe2 O4 Heterostructure for Enhanced Electrocatalytic Water Splitting. Small, 17(40), p. e2103501. Germany. doi: 10.1002/smll.202103501

  • Zhu, L., Dikin, D.A., Percec, S., & Ren, F. (2021). Improving Interlayer Adhesion of Poly(p-phenylene terephthalamide) (PPTA)/Ultra-high-molecular-weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) Laminates Prepared by Plasma Treatment and Hot Pressing Technique. Polymers (Basel), 13(16). Switzerland. doi: 10.3390/polym13162600

  • Tang, J., Cheng, T., Wang, Y., Hu, L., Hong, M., Qin, W., Cai, G., Jiang, C., & Ren, F. (2021). Constructing high-performance radiation-resistant ternary YSZ-MgO-CNT nanocomposites via tailored nanostructures. Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 41(10), pp. 5280-5291. doi: 10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2021.04.029

  • Chu, L., Li, Z., Zhu, H., Li, R., Ren, F., & Chen, F. (2021). Surface plasmon enhanced photoluminescence of monolayer WS2 on ion beam modified functional substrate. Applied Physics Letters, 118(26). doi: 10.1063/5.0054333

  • Sun, X., Jia, Y., Nie, H., Ren, F., Zhang, B., & Chen, F. (2021). Near-Surface Buried Plasmonic Nanoparticles in Glass as Novel Nonlinear Saturable Absorbers for Ultrafast Lasers. Advanced Optical Materials. doi: 10.1002/adom.202101664

  • Wu, H., Chen, L., Ning, S., Zhao, X., Deng, S., Qi, N., Ren, F., Chen, Z., & Tang, J. (2021). Extremely Low Thermal Conductivity and Enhanced Thermoelectric Performance of Porous Gallium-Doped In2O3. ACS Applied Energy Materials. doi: 10.1021/acsaem.1c02585

  • Zhao, Y., Li, H., Zhang, Z., Celli, J., Percec, S., & Ren, F. (2020). Nanoindentation study of time-dependent mechanical properties of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) at different temperatures. Polymer Testing, 91. doi: 10.1016/j.polymertesting.2020.106787

  • Zhao, Y., Li, H., Zhang, Z., Celli, J., Percec, S., & Ren, F. (2020). Nanoindentation study of time-dependent mechanical properties of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) at different temperatures. POLYMER TESTING, 91. doi: 10.1016/j.poiymertesting.2020.106787

  • Li, H., Xi, J., Donaghue, A.G., Keum, J., Zhao, Y., An, K.e., McKenzie, E.R., & Ren, F. (2020). Synthesis and catalytic performance of polydopamine supported metal nanoparticles. Sci Rep, 10(1), p. 10416. England. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-67458-9

  • Qi, N., Zhang, H.X., Chen, Z.Q., Ren, F., Zhao, B., Jiang, M., & Uedono, A. (2020). Selective trapping of positrons by Ag nanolayers in a V/Ag multilayer system. AIP Advances, 10(3). doi: 10.1063/1.5143379

  • Zhao, Y., Gao, W., Xi, J., Li, H., & Ren, F. (2020). Development of copper powder paste for direct printing and soft mold casting. Additive Manufacturing, 31. doi: 10.1016/j.addma.2019.100992

  • Guan, Y.S., Hu, F., Li, H., Li, C., Ren, F., & Ren, S. (2019). Freestanding Polymer Assembly Conductor by Contact-Free Annealing. ACS Applied Polymer Materials, 1(11), pp. 3196-3202. doi: 10.1021/acsapm.9b00869

  • Li, H., Zhao, Y., Zhang, Z., Andaluri, G., & Ren, F. (2019). Electron-beam induced in situ growth of self-supported metal nanoparticles in ion-containing polydopamine. Materials Letters, 252, pp. 277-281. doi: 10.1016/j.matlet.2019.05.087

  • Zhao, Y., Li, H., Gao, W., & Ren, F. (2019). Biopolymer-Assisted Manufacturing of Aluminum-Copper Nanoparticle Composites with Enhanced Sinterability. ACS Applied Nano Materials, 2(9), pp. 5688-5694. doi: 10.1021/acsanm.9b01199

  • Qian, B., Ren, F., Zhao, Y., Wu, F., & Wang, T. (2019). Enhanced Thermoelectric Cooling through Introduction of Material Anisotropy in Transverse Thermoelectric Composites. Materials (Basel), 12(13). Switzerland. doi: 10.3390/ma12132049

  • Zhang, Z., Zhao, Y., Li, H., Percec, S., Yin, J., & Ren, F. (2019). Nanoparticle-Infused UHMWPE Layer as Multifunctional Coating for High-Performance PPTA Single Fibers. Sci Rep, 9(1), p. 7183. England. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-43629-1

  • Chabi, S., Dikin, D.A., Yin, J., Percec, S., & Ren, F. (2019). Author Correction: Structure-Mechanical Property Relations of Skin-Core Regions of Poly(p-phenylene terephthalamide) Single Fiber. Sci Rep, 9(1), p. 7119. England. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-43509-8

  • Li, H., Marshall, T., Aulin, Y.V., Thenuwara, A.C., Zhao, Y., Borguet, E., Strongin, D.R., & Ren, F. (2019). Structural evolution and electrical properties of metal ion-containing polydopamine. Journal of Materials Science, 54(8), pp. 6393-6400. doi: 10.1007/s10853-019-03337-7

  • Zhao, Y., Wu, Z., Carlo, F.D.i., Li, H., Qian, B., Feng, Z., & Ren, F. (2019). Enhancing the electrical and mechanical properties of copper by introducing nanocarbon derived from polydopamine coating. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 778, pp. 288-293. doi: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2018.11.145

  • Chabi, S., Dikin, D.A., Yin, J., Percec, S., & Ren, F. (2019). Structure-Mechanical Property Relations of Skin-Core Regions of Poly(p-phenylene terephthalamide) Single Fiber. Sci Rep, 9(1), p. 740. England. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-37366-0

  • Li, H., Xi, J., Zhao, Y., & Ren, F. (2019). Mechanical properties of polydopamine (PDA) thin films. MRS Advances, 4(7), pp. 405-412. doi: 10.1557/adv.2019.52

  • Patel, K.I., Gidde, S., Li, H., Podder, T., Ren, F., & Hutapea, P. (2019). Insertion force of polydopamine-coated needle on phantom tissues. Frontiers in Biomedical Devices, BIOMED - 2019 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2019. doi: 10.1115/DMD2019-3271

  • Qian, B., Zhao, Y., & Ren, F. (2019). Effect of material anisotropy on the transverse thermoelectricity of layered composites. International Journal of Energy Research, 43(1), pp. 181-188. doi: 10.1002/er.4248

  • Guan, Y., Li, H., Ren, F., & Ren, S. (2018). Kirigami-Inspired Conducting Polymer Thermoelectrics from Electrostatic Recognition Driven Assembly. ACS Nano, 12(8), pp. 7967-7973. United States. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.8b02489

  • Jia, Z., Li, H., Zhao, Y., Dikin, D.A., Ni, J., Zhao, L., Zhen, J., Ge, B., Shao, X., & Ren, F. (2018). Preparation and electrical properties of sintered copper powder compacts modified by polydopamine-derived carbon nanofilms. Journal of Materials Science, 53(9), pp. 6562-6573. doi: 10.1007/s10853-018-2000-6

  • Zhao, Y., Wang, H., Qian, B., Li, H., & Ren, F. (2018). Copper-polydopamine composite derived from bioinspired polymer coating. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 742, pp. 191-198. doi: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2018.01.183