• “Strongly Correlated Aromatic Molecular Conductor” is accepted for publication in Small, Feb. 2019
  • “Alkali-Metal-Intercalated Percolation Network Regulates Self-Assembled Electronic Aromatic Molecules” is accepted for publication in Advanced Materials, Jan. 2019.
  • “Ubiquitous energy conversion of two-dimensional molecular crystals” is accepted for publication in Nanotechnology, Jan. 2019
  • “Smart Sensing Platform Basedon Multimodal Ferrofluid–Infused Surface” is accepted for publication in Advanced Materials, Jan. 2019.
  • “Self-Assembled Metal Molecular Networks by Nanoconfinement” is accepted for publication in The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, Dec. 2018.
  • “Eutectic melt crystallization of L10- FePt” is accepted for publication in Chemical Communication, Dec. 2018.
  • * “Three-Dimensional Directed Assembly of Organic Charge-Transfer Heterostructures” is accepted for publication in Nanoscale,  Dec. 2018
  • “Kirigami-Inspired Conducting Polymer Thermoelectrics from Electrostatic Recognition Driven Assembly” is accepted by ACS Nano July (2018).
  • “Magnetic field-directed hybrid anisotropic nanocomposite” is accepted by Nanotechnology Jun.(2018)
  • “Rare-earth-free high energy product manganese-based magnetic materials” is accepted by Nanoscale, Jun.2018
  • “Freestanding organic charge-transfer conformal electronics” is accepted by Nano Letters, Jun. 2018
  • * “Mechanically strong polymer sheets…” is accepted for publication in The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters! Congratulations to Zhuolei! April 2018
  • * “This 2-D nanosheet expands like a Grow Monster” on UB News, April 18, 2018
  • * “Kirigami Inspired Nanoconfined Polymer Conducting Nanosheets with 2,000% Stretchability” on UB News, April 2018
  • * “Kirigami Inspired Nanoconfined Polymer Conducting Nanosheets with 2,000% Stretchability” on NanowerkScience NewslineR&D MagazineNanotechnology NowScience DailyTech SiteElectronics 360 and iConnect 007, April 2018
  • * “Poly(P-Phenylene Terephthalamide) Fibers Reinforced With Ultrathin Ceramic Coatings“ accepted for the publication by Advanced Engineering Materials, April 2018
  • * “Photostriction of molecular 2D nanosheet” on Nanowerk News Spotlight, March 2018
  • * “Light-induced dilation in nano-sheets of charge transfer complexes“ accepted for the publication by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, March 2018
  • * “Kirigami Inspired Nanoconfined Polymer Conducting Nanosheets with 2,000% Stretchability“ accepted for the publication by Advanced Materials, March 2018
  • * “Energy Transduction Ferroic Materials” accepted for the publication by Materials Today, Jan. 2018
  • * “Molecular ferroelectrics” in on Nanowerk News Spotlight, Aug. 2017
  • * “2D organic layers” publication is highlighted by, Aug. 2017
  • * “2D organic layers” accepted for the publication by Nature Communications, Aug. 2017
  • * “Molecular ferroelectric” accepted for the publication by Science Advances, Aug. 2017
  • * “RE-doped alumina” publication is highlighted by, Jan. 2017
  • * “High Temperature Phase Transformation of Alumina” Accepted by Scientific Report! A collaborative work with Army Research Laboratory, Dec. 2016.
  • * “Magnetic energy harvesting through 3D molecular crystals” accepted for the publication by Advanced Materials. Congratulations to B. Xu! Nov. 2016
  • * “2D Functional Polymer” is accepted for publication in Advanced Materials Interface! Congratulations to Zhuolei! Oct. 2016
  • * “Exchange Coupled Ferrite Nanomagnet” Accepted for Publication in Chem. Commu.! July 2016.
  • * “Rare-Earth-Free MnBi nanomagnet” accepted for the publication in Nano Research. July 2016.
  • “Energy conversion and storage through magnetic nanoparticles” accepted for the publication in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. June 2016
  • Charge transfer ferroelectrics accepted for the publication in Small! May, 2016
  • MnAl based magnetic nanocrystals accepted for the publication in RSC Advance! April, 2016
  • Magnetoconducting hybrid materials accepted for publication in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces! Congratulations to Zhuolei!
  • Multifunctional supramolecular crystals” published by Advanced Materials.
  • Chemically driven interfacial superstructures” published by Nano Letters.
  • Solution-processed molecular crystals” published by Chemistry of Materials.
  • Phase transformation of MnNi nanocrystals accepted for publication in Nanotechnology, 
  • * “Ultrathin Au Nanowire Induced Phase Transformation” accepted for publication by ACS Appl. Mater. Interface. Dec. 2015.
  • * “Polymeric Nanoferronics” accepted for publication by the open access of Science journal. Congratulations to Beibei!, Dec. 2015.
  • Synergistic engineering effect published in Nano Letters, Nov. 2015.
  • Magnetic FeNi nanocrystals published in Chemistry of Materials, Nov. 2015.
  • Electrocatalysis of pyrite (HER) published by ACS Catalysis, Sep. 2015
  • REN group is interviewed by ACS Nano (
  • Multiferroicity of charge transfer complex published in ACS Nano, Aug. 2015.
  • Metal-redox for the synthesis of MnBi nanoparticles published in Chemistry of Materials, July 2015.
  • REN group moved from KU to Temple University in the summer of 2015!
  • Dr. Ren receives an early promotion to tenured associate professor at the University of Kansas.
  • Dr. Ren receives 2015 NSF-CAREER Award!
  • “Metal-Redox for Nanometal Alloying” Accepted for Publication at Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Congratulations to Alec!
    December 15, 2014
  • “Carbon Nanoferronics” Accepted for Publication at Advanced Materials! Congratulations to Wei!
    October 24, 2014
  • “Phase Transformation Induced Tetragonal FeCo” Accepted for Publication in Nano Letters! Congratulations to Maogang!
    September 30, 2014
  • The Ink Development at REN group Highlighted by “Solar Novus Today” and “KMBZ”
    September 18, 2014
  • Dr. Ren Delivered Invited Talk at REPM 2014 (Annapolis, MD); Maogang Received DOE (ARPA-E) Travel Grant to Attend Meeting
    August 24, 2014
  • Solar Energy Research Features on CJOnline (The Topeka Capital-Journal)
    August 24, 2014
  • Nanocarbon Features on NanotechWeb and PhysicsWorld
    August 21, 2014
  • “Nano-Carbon Solar Cell” Accepted for Publication in Nano Letters! Congratulations to Maogang!
    August 7, 2014
  • Dr. Ren Features on KU News
    August 4, 2014
  • “MFE of Nano-Carbon Complex” Accepted for Publication in Scientific Report! Congratulations to Wei and Maogang!
  • Dr. Ren Receives Army Research Office -Young Investigator Award (ARO-YIP)
    July 21, 2014
  • Our Paper “Interdiffusion Induced Nano-synthesis and Exchange-Coupling” Accepted for Publication in Nano Letters! Congratulations to Alec!
    July 17, 2014
  • Dr. Ren gave an invited talk at 2014 Technical Meeting on Novel Nanomagnetic and Multifunctional Materials, Orgalized by AFOSR
    June 22, 2014
  • Our Paper “Template-Directed FeCo Nanoshells on AuCu” Accepted for Publication in Small! Congratulations to Maogang!
    June 21, 2014
  • REN Group Research Highlighted by Nanotechweb, and IOPselect
    May 1, 2014
  • Our Paper “Magnetic and Optoelectronic Properties of Gold Nanocluster-Thiophene Assembly” Accepted for Publication in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.! Congratulations to Wei and Jess!
    March 26, 2014
  • Our Paper “”Iron Sulfide Ink for Growth of Pyrite Crystals” Accepted for Publication in Nanotechnology! Congratulations to by Alec, Phil, Maogang and Huizhong!
    March 26, 2014
  • Our Paper “Charge-Transfer Magnetoelectrics of Polymeric Multiferroics” Accepted for Publication in ACS Nano, Congratulations to Wei!
    March 25, 2014
  • Our Paper “Graphene Oxide Stabilized Cu2O for Shape Selective Nanocatalysis” Accepted for Publication in Journal of Materials Chemistry A! Congratulations to Chenglin, Xin, Jennifer and Jess!
    March 3, 2014
  • ZnO Paper Highlighted in the 2014 Emerging Investigator Themes Issue!
    March 3, 2014
  • Our paper “Thermodynamic control of iron pyrite nanocrystal synthesis with high photoactivity and stability” has been selected as a Hot Article for 2013 by Journal of Materials Chemistry A!
    February 13, 2014
  • Our Paper on “Superhydrophobicity of hierarchical ZnO nanowire coatings” is published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A – Congratulations to Maogang!
    December 18, 2013
  • Our Paper on Carbon Based Molecular Sensor Published by ACS Nano! Highlighted by Nanowerk! Congratulations to Huizhong and Chenling!
    August 29, 2013
  • Dr. Ren Interviewed About Solar Energy Research
    August 20, 2013
  • Dr. Ren featured on the KU Today
    August 19, 2013
  • Pyrite photocapacitor is accepted to publish in Chemical Communications, Congratulations to Maogang!
    August 12, 2013
  • Dr. Ren delivered two invited talks at Air Force Research Laboratory
    July 16, 2013
  • Our Paper on “Iron Pyrite Oriented-Attachment” is Accepted by Nature – Scientific Report, Congratulations to Maogang and Alec!
    June 11, 2013
  • Dr. Ren is Selected to Serve as North American Editor of the Journal of Experimental Nanoscience
    June 3, 2013
  • Our Publication is Selected for Cover in Advanced Materials
    May 30, 2013
  • Dr. Ren Awarded Faculty Fellow for Air Force Summer Program
    May 13, 2013
  • Congratulations to Alec, Phil, Lianna and Jennifer for 2013 Research Scholarships
    May 11, 2013
  • Dr. Ren awarded NSF EPSCoR First Award
    April 15, 2013
  • Graduate Student Alec Received An Honorable Mention for NSF-Fellowship
    March 30, 2013
  • Undergraduate Researcher Lianna Dang Received Prestigious Goldwater Scholarships
    March 29, 2013
  • Dr. Ren To Give An Invited Talk and Chair One Session at MRS (Spring 2013)
    March 27, 2013
  • All Carbon Photovoltaic Photodetector Published by Advanced Materials
    March 25, 2013
  • Review Article on Hybrid Solar Cells Accepted by Energy & Environmental Science
    March 25, 2013
  • Nanocatalyst for Biomass Conversion Published by ACS Nano
    January 8, 2013
  • New Growth Model of Iron Pyrite Published as “Hot Article”, Highlighted by J. Mater. Chem.
    December 10, 2012
  • New Publication Selected for Journal Cover
    December 2, 2012
  • Article Accepted at Nano Letters
    November 29, 2012
  • Article Accepted at Advanced Materials
    November 23, 2012
  • Dr. Ren Inverviewed by MIT Technology Review
    November 6, 2012
  • Article Accepted at Physical Review B
    October 26, 2012
  • Dr. Ren Inteviewed by Solar Novus Today
    October 17, 2012
  • Article Published by J Mater. Chem
    October 2, 2012<
  • Paper Named Top 10 Most Read
    September 25, 2012
  • Article Accepted by Nanoscale
    September 21, 2012
  • Undergrad Receives NSF_STEM Scholarship
    September 3, 2012