Hao Ren, Assistant Professor

Hao Ren, Assistant Professor

Email :renhao@@shanghaitech.edu.cn
Office:Room 2-202H, SIST Building
Major: EE


  • Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) for Biomedical

  • Energy and Emerging Applications


Dr. Hao Ren obtained his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Science and Technology of China, Heifei, China, in 2004. Afterwards he moved to Institute of Optics and Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences and obtained his master’s degree in Optical Engineering in 2011. Upon graduation, he moved to the United States and obtained his Ph. D in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, U.S.A. in 2016. Since graduation, he has continued his study in Arizona State University as a Postdoctoral Researcher. He joined School of Information Science and Technology, Shanghaitech University in September 2018.

During his postdoctoral study, he is mainly working with Prof. Junseok Chae of Arizona State University, on fully passive wireless telemetry for pressure sensing, wearable sensors for asthma sensing, piezoelectric blood viscosity sensors, MEMS microbial fuel cells and supercapacitors. He worked on MEMS microbial fuel cells and supercapacitors and wireless inductive coupling systems on a flexible substrate during my Ph. D study with Prof. Junseok Chae. He worked on MEMS micromirror and out-of-plane actuators during his master’s study.

He published 24 peer-reviewed journal papers in Nano Energy, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Journal of Power Sources, Nanoscale, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Environmental Science and Technology, ChemSusChem, Scientific Reports, Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, etc. Of them, 11 papers are first-authored, one first-authored journal paper has an impact factor >13.1 and four first-authored journal paper has an impact factor >6.9. He also published 5 first-authored conference papers in top international conference in MEMS area (3 IEEE MEMS and 2 IEEE Solid-State Sensors and Actuators Workshop). He is the recipient of the Best Poster Award Finalist in IEEE MEMS 2013. He also published 5 first-authored book chapters in Wiley-VCH, Elsevier, CRC Press, Springer. He is a reviewer for journals including Advanced Energy Materials, Biosensors Bioelectronics, Nanoscale, IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics on Power Electronics, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Sensors and Actuators, ChemSusChem.

During his Ph. D study, he achieved a world record current and power density in all microbial fuel cells since 2014 (among 3000 journal papers). In 2016 he further improved the world record current and power density by 3 fold. During the same period, he presented the first microbial supercapacitor in the world and improved the current and power density by one order of magnitude.


Peer-reviewed journal publications:

[1] Hao Ren*, He Tian, Hyung-Sool Lee, Taejin Park, Frederick C. Leung, Tian-Ling Ren and Junseok Chae, “Regulating the respiration of microbe: A bio-inspired high performance microbial supercapacitor with graphene based electrodes and its kinetic features”, Nano Energy 15 (2015) 697-708. Impact factor: 13.12;

[2] Hao Ren*, C. I. Torres, Prathap Parameswaran, Bruce Rittmann and Junseok Chae, “Improved current and power density with a micro-scale microbial fuel cell due to a small characteristic length”, Biosensors and Bioelectronics 61 (2014) 587-592. Impact factor: 8.17;

[3] Hao Ren*, He Tian, Cameron L. Gardner, Tian-Ling Ren and Junseok Chae, “A miniaturized microbial fuel cell with three-dimensional graphene macroporous scaffold anode demonstrating a record power density of over 10000 W m? 3”, Nanoscale 8 (2016) 3539-3547. Impact factor:7.23;

[4] Hao Ren*, Soonjae Pyo, Jae-lk Le, Forrest S. Gittleson, Frederick C. Leung, Jongbaeg Kim, Andre D. Taylor, Hyung-Sool Lee and Junseok Chae, “A high power density miniaturized microbial fuel cell having carbon nanotube anodes”, Journal of Power Sources 273 (2015) 823-830. Impact factor:6.95;

[5] Hao Ren, Hyung-Sool Lee, and Junseok Chae, “Miniaturizing microbial fuel cells for potential portable power sources: promises and challenges”, Microfluidics Nanofluidics 13 (2012) 353-381. Impact factor: 2.38;

[6] Hao Ren, Siriram Rangaswami, Hyung-sool Lee, and Junseok Chae, “Enhanced current and power density of micro-scale microbial fuel cells with ultramicroelectrode anodes”, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering 26 (2016) 095016. Impact factor: 1.89;

[7] Hao Ren, Fenggang Tao, Weimin Wang and Jun Yao, “An Out-of-plane Electrostatic Actuator Based on Lever Principle”, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering 21 (2011) 045019. Impact factor: 1.89;

[8] Hao Ren, Weimin Wang, Fenggang Tao and Jun Yao, “A Bi-Directional Out-of-Plane Actuator by Electrostatic Force”, Micromachines 57 (2013) 179-185. Impact factor: 2.22; 

[9] Hao Ren, Chenming Jiang and Junseok Chae, “Effect of temperature on a miniaturized microbial fuel cell”, Micro and Nano Systems Letters 5 (1), (2017) 13;

[10] Hao Ren, Jun Yao, Fangrong Hu and Chuankai Qiu, “Design and Analysis of a Novel Out-of-plane Actuator”, Journal of Micronanoelectronic Technology, Vol.46 No.9 546-550;

[11] Hao Ren, Zugao Ni and Jun Yao, “A Micro Spatial Light Modulator Based on Leverage Principle”, Key Engineering Materials, 483 (2011) 137-142;

[12] Xu Zhang, Hao Ren*, Soonjae Pyo, Jae-li Lee, Jongbaeg Kim and Junseok Chae, “A High Efficiency DC-DC Boost Converter for a Miniaturized Microbial Fuel Cell”, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics 30 (4) (2015) 2041-2049. Impact factor: 6.81;

[13] Bipro Dhar, Hao Ren, Junseok Chae and Hyung-sool Lee et al., “High biofilm conductivity maintained despite change of anode potential in a Geobacter-enriched biofilm anode”, ChemSusChem 9(24) (2016) 3485-3491. Impact factor:7.41;

[14] Hyung-sool Lee, Bipro R. Dhar, Junyeong An, Bruce Rittmann, Hodon Ryu, Jorge W.S. Domingo, Hao Ren and Junseok Chae, “The Roles of Biofilm Conductivity and Donor Substrate Kinetics in a Mixed-Culture Biofilm Anode”, Environmental Science and Technology 50 (23) (2016) 12799–12807. Impact factor:6.65;

[15] Jennie Appel, Hao Ren Mandy Sin, Joseph Liao and Junseok Chae, “Rapid bladder cancer cell detection from clinical urine samples using an ultra-thin silicone membrane”, Analyst, 141 (2016) 652-660. Impact factor:3.86;

[16] Ran Wang, Wei Wang, Hao Ren and Junseok Chae, “Detection of copper ions in drinking water using the competitive adsorption of proteins”, Biosensors and Bioelectronics 57 (2014) 179-185. Impact factor:8.17;

[17] Bipro Ranjan Dhar, Junyoung Sim, Hodon Ryu, Hao Ren, Jorge W Santo Domingo, Junseok Chae, Hyung-Sool Lee, “Microbial activity influences electrical conductivity of biofilm anode”, Water Research 127 (2017) 230-238. Impact factor:7.05; 

[18] Weimin Wang, Qiang Wang, Hao Ren, Wenying Ma, Chuankai Qiu, Zexiang Chen, and Bin Fan, “Electrostatic repulsive out-of-plane actuator using conductive substrate”, Scientific Reports 6 (2016) 35118 Impact factor:4.122;

Conference Proceedings:

[1] Hao Ren, Cesar I. Torres, Zhaofeng Zhang and Junseok Chae, “A Biological Inspired Electro-chemical Reference Electrode” IEEE International Conference on Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS), pp. 354-357, Las Vegas, 2017

[2] Hao Ren, Cesar I. Torres and Junseok Chae, “ A Bio-inspired Reference Electrode: Regulating the Respiration of Micro-organisms”, Solid-state Sensors, Actuators, and Microsystems Workshop (Hilton Head), pp. 501-504, Hilton head island, SC, 2016

[3] Hao Ren, He Tian, Tian-Ling Ren, and Junseok Chae, “A Micro-scale Microbial Supercapacitor,” IEEE International Conference on Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS), pp. 362-365, San Francisco, CA, 2014

[4] Hao Ren and Junseok Chae, “A micro-scale microbial fule cell (MFC) having ultramicroelectrode (UME) anode,” IEEE International Conference on Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS), pp. 869-872, Taipei, 2013

[5] Hao Ren and J. Chae, “Scaling Effect on MEMS-based Microbial Fuel Cells: Toward a Carbon-neutral Miniaturized Power Source,” Solid-state Sensors, Actuators, and Microsystems Workshop (Hilton Head), pp. 501-504, Hilton head island, SC, USA, 2012.