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




ENGR 3201

Material Science for Engineers


MEE 4643

Manufacturing Engineering


MEE 5643

Manufacturing Engineering


Selected Publications

  • 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, 13(16). 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

  • Zhong, H., Gao, G., Wang, X., Wu, H., Shen, S., Zuo, W., Cai, G., Wei, G., Shi, Y., Fu, D., Jiang, C., Wang, L.W., & Ren, F. (2021). Ion Irradiation Inducing Oxygen Vacancy-Rich NiO/NiFe2O4 Heterostructure for Enhanced Electrocatalytic Water Splitting. Small. doi: 10.1002/smll.202103501

  • Li, H., Xi, J., Donaghue, A.G., Keum, J., Zhao, Y., An, K., McKenzie, E.R., & Ren, F. (2020). Synthesis and catalytic performance of polydopamine supported metal nanoparticles. Scientific Reports, 10(1). 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

  • 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. Scientific Reports, 9(1). doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-37366-0

  • 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 (Scientific Reports, (2019), 9, 1, (740), 10.1038/s41598-018-37366-0). Scientific Reports, 9(1). doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-43509-8

  • 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. Scientific Reports, 9(1). doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-43629-1

  • 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, 12(13). doi: 10.3390/ma12132049

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Guan, Y.S., Li, H., Ren, F., & Ren, S. (2018). Kirigami-inspired conducting polymer thermoelectrics from electrostatic recognition driven assembly. ACS Nano, 12(8), pp. 7967-7973. 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

  • Jia, Z., Li, H., Zhao, Y., Frazer, L., Qian, B., Borguet, E., Ren, F., & Dikin, D.A. (2017). Electrical and mechanical properties of poly(dopamine)-modified copper/reduced graphene oxide composites. Journal of Materials Science, 52(19), pp. 11620-11629. doi: 10.1007/s10853-017-1307-z

  • Qian, B. & Ren, F. (2017). Transverse thermoelectricity in fibrous composite materials. Energies, 10(7). doi: 10.3390/en10071006

  • Ren, F., Schmidt, R., Case, E.D., & An, K. (2017). In Situ Neutron Scattering Study of Nanostructured PbTe-PbS Bulk Thermoelectric Material. Journal of Electronic Materials, 46(5), pp. 2604-2610. doi: 10.1007/s11664-016-4802-0

  • Li, H., Aulin, Y.V., Frazer, L., Borguet, E., Kakodkar, R., Feser, J., Chen, Y., An, K., Dikin, D.A., & Ren, F. (2017). Structure Evolution and Thermoelectric Properties of Carbonized Polydopamine Thin Films. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 9(8), pp. 6655-6660. doi: 10.1021/acsami.6b15601

  • Wang, H., Wang, J., Swindeman, J.P., Ren, F., & Chan, J. (2017). Structural health monitoring of compression connectors for overhead transmission lines. Proceedings of SPIE - the International Society for Optical Engineering, 10169. doi: 10.1117/12.2261483

  • Ren, F., Schmidt, R., Keum, J.K., Qian, B., Case, E.D., Littrell, K.C., & An, K. (2016). In situ neutron scattering study of nanoscale phase evolution in PbTe-PbS thermoelectric material. Applied Physics Letters, 109(8). doi: 10.1063/1.4961677

  • Ren, F. (2016). Thermal and mechanical integrity of PbTe-based nanostructured thermoelectric materials. ABSTRACTS of PAPERS of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 252. Retrieved from

  • Xu, B., Li, H., Li, H., Wilson, A.J., Zhang, L., Chen, K., Willets, K.A., Ren, F., Grossman, J.C., & Ren, S. (2016). Chemically Driven Interfacial Coupling in Charge-Transfer Mediated Functional Superstructures. Nano Letters, 16(4), pp. 2851-2859. doi: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b00712

  • Qian, B. & Ren, F. (2016). Cooling performance of transverse thermoelectric devices. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 95, pp. 787-794. doi: 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2015.12.027

  • Ren, F., Menchhofer, P., Kiggans, J., & Wang, H. (2016). Development of Thermoelectric Fibers for Miniature Thermoelectric Devices. Journal of Electronic Materials, 45(3), pp. 1412-1418. doi: 10.1007/s11664-015-4050-8

  • Wang, Y., Feng, Z., Ren, F., Lim, Y.C., Chen, J., & Jawad, M. (2016). Steel-concrete composite vessel for stationary high-pressure hydrogen storage. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Pressure Vessels and Piping Division (Publication) PVP, 1A-2016. doi: 10.1115/PVP2016-63371

  • Sahlabadi, M., Zhao, Y., Jezler, K., Gardell, D., Lee, H.H., Ren, F., & Hutapea, P. (2016). Polydopamine coating for thermal insulation of shape memory alloy wires. ASME 2016 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2016, 1. doi: 10.1115/SMASIS2016-9265

  • Wang, H., Wang, J., Ren, F., & Chan, J. (2016). Smart patch integration development of compression connector structural health monitoring in overhead transmission lines. Proceedings of SPIE - the International Society for Optical Engineering, 9806. doi: 10.1117/12.2218669