Hao Ren
Assistant Professor
Graduated School:Ph.D., Arizona State University, USA
Tel:(021) 20684864
Office:Room 3-328, SIST Building
Research Interests
Selected Publications


  • 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 more than 30 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, Applied Physics Letters, Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, etc. Of them, 11 papers are first authored or corresponding authored, one first-authored journal paper has an impact factor >17 and four first-authored journal paper has an impact factor >7.7. 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, Nano Energy, Biosensors Bioelectronics, Small, 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 more than 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.



Note: # denotes corresponding author.:

  1. Yunping Niu and Hao Ren# “A high efficiency standalone magnetoelectric energy converter based on Terfenol-D and PZT laminate,” Applied Physics Letters vol. 118, pp.044101(6 pages) 2021, (Impact factor: 3.79)

  2. H. Ren#, H.S. Lee, C.L. Gardner and J. Chae, “A quantitative extracellular electron transfer (EET) kinetics study of Geobacter sulfurreducens enriched microbial community reveals the transition of EET limiting step during biofilm growth,” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy vol. 46, no. 4, pp. 3124-3134, 2021, (Impact factor: 5.81)

  3. Yunping Niu and Hao Ren# “A miniaturized low frequency (LF) magnetoelectric receiving antenna with an integrated DC magnetic bias,” Applied Physics Letters vol. 118, pp. 264104 (7 pages) 2021, (Impact factor: 3.79)

  4. Sitao Fei and Hao Ren#. Temperature characteristics of a contour mode MEMS AlN piezoelectric ring resonator on SOI substrate. Micromachines vol. 12, pp.143(13 pages) 2021, (Impact factor: 2.89)

  5. Hao Ren#. Further improving the current and power density of miniaturized microbial fuel cells. Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering, vol.7, pp.616179., (invited paper) 2021, https://doi.org/10.3389/fmech.2021.616179

  6. A. Hussain, J. Lee, H. Ren, and H.S. Lee#. Spatial distribution of biofilm conductivity in a Geobacter enriched anodic biofilm. Chemical Engineering Journal (2021): 126544 (Impact Factor:13.27)

  7. 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, vol. 15, pp. 697-708, 2015. (Impact factor: 17.88)

  8. 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, vol. 61, pp. 587-592, 2014. (Impact factor: 10.62)

  9. 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/m3”, Nanoscale, vol. 8, pp. 3539-3547, 2016. (Impact factor:7.79)

  10. 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, vol. 273, pp. 823-830, 2015. (Impact factor:9.12)

  11. Hao Ren, Hyung-Sool Lee, and Junseok Chae#, “Miniaturizing microbial fuel cells for potential portable power sources: promises and challenges”, Microfluidics Nanofluidics, vol. 13, pp. 353-381, 2012.(Impact factor: 2.52)

  12. 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, vol. 26, 095016, 2016. (Impact factor: 1.88)

  13. Hao Ren, Fenggang Tao, Weimin Wang and Jun Yao#, “An Out-of-plane Electrostatic Actuator Based on Lever Principle”, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, vol. 21, 045019, 2011. (Impact factor: 1.88)

  14. Hao Ren, Weimin Wang, Fenggang Tao and Jun Yao#, “A Bi-Directional Out-of-Plane Actuator by Electrostatic Force”, Micromachines, vol. 57, pp. 179-185, 2013. (Impact factor: 2.89)

  15. Hao Ren#, Chenming Jiang and Junseok Chae, “Effect of temperature on a miniaturized microbial fuel cell”, Micro and Nano Systems Letters, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 13, 2017.

  16. 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, pp. 546-550.

  17. Hao Ren, Zugao Ni and Jun Yao, “A Micro Spatial Light Modulator Based on Leverage Principle”, Key Engineering Materials, vol. 483, pp. 137-142, 2011.

  18. 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, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 2041-2049, 2015. (Impact factor: 6.15)

  19. 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, vol. 9, no. 24, pp. 3485-3491, 2016. (Impact factor:8.92)

  20. 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, vol. 50, no. 23, pp. 12799–12807, 2016. (Impact factor:6.19)

  21. 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, vol. 141 pp. 652-660, 2016. (Impact factor:3.97)

  22. 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, vol. 57, pp. 179-185, 2014. (Impact factor:10.62)

  23. 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, vol. 127, pp. 230-238, 2017. (Impact factor:11.23)

  24. 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, vol. 6, 35118, 2016. (Impact factor:4.37)

  25. W. Wang, W. Ma, Q. Wang and H. Ren, “Confocal mapping for multiple terminals”, Scientific Reports, v.6, pp. 36918 2016. (Impact factor:4.37)