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Ren, Hang

Hang Ren

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry

Electrochemistry, Analytical Chemistry


Phone: 512-471-1593

Office Location
FNT 2.136A

Postal Address
102 E 24TH ST
AUSTIN, TX 78712
  • B.S. hon. in Chemistry, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China (2011)
  • Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (2016)
  • Postdoc Associate, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (2016-2018)
  • Assistant Professor, Miami University (2018-2021)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin (2021-present)

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Selected publications:

  1. Li, M.; Wang, Y.; Blount, B.; Ren, H.*, Stochastic Local Breakdown of Oxide Film on Ni from Identical-Location Imaging: One Single Site at a Time, Nano Letters, 2022, 22 (15) 6313–6319. DOI:10.1021/acs.nanolett.2c02018
  2. Wang, Y; Li, M.; Gordon, E.; Ye, Z.; Ren, H.*, Nanoscale Colocalized Electrochemical and Structural Mapping of Metal Dissolution Reaction,  Anal. Chem., 2022, 94, (25), 9058–9064. DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.2c01283
  3. Wang, Y.; Li, M.; Ren, H.*, Voltammetric Mapping of Hydrogen Evolution Reaction on Pt Locally via Scanning Electrochemical Cell Microscopy. ACS Meas. Sci. Au, 2022, DOI: 10.1021/acsmeasuresciau.2c00012
  4. Li, M.; Ye, K.-H.; Qiu, W.; Wang, Y.; Ren, H.*, Heterogeneity between and within Single Hematite Nanorods as Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Evolution Reaction. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2022, 144, 12, 5247–5252 DOI: 10.1021/jacs.2c00506
  5. Blount, B.; Juarez, G.; Wang, Y.; Ren, H.*, iR Drop in Scanning Electrochemical Cell Microscopy. Faraday Discuss., 2022, 233, 149 - 162. DOI: 1039/D1FD00046B
  6. Ren, H.*; Edwards, M. A. *, “Stochasticity in Single-Entity Electrochemistry”. Curr. Opin. Electrochem. 2021, 25, 100632. DOI: 10.1016/j.coelec.2020.08.014
  7. Blount, B.; Kilner, K.; Hu, H.; Gohmann, D.; Gordon, E.; Wang, Y.; Ren, H.*, Electrochemically Induced Nucleation of Nanoscopic Ionic Solid. J. Phys. Chem. C 2020, 124 (31), 17413–17417. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.0c05009
  8. Wang, Y.; Gordon, E.; Ren, H.*, “Mapping the Potential of Zero Charge at Electrode-Electrolyte Interface Via a Grain by Grain Approach”  Anal. Chem. 2020, 92 (3), 2859-2865. DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.9b05502
  9. Wang, Y.; Gordon, E.; Ren, H. *, “Mapping the Nucleation of H2 Bubble on a Polycrystalline Pt via Scanning Electrochemical Cell Microscopy.” J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2019, 10 (14) 3887-3892. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b01414
  10. Edwards, M. A. *; White, H. S.; Ren, H. *, “Voltammetric Determination of the Stochastic Formation Rate and Geometry of Individual H2, N2, and O2 Bubble Nuclei.” ACS Nano 2019, 13 (6), 6330-6340. DOI:1021/acsnano.9b01015
  • 2020          DARPA Young Faculty Award
  • 2020          ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award
  • 2015          George Ashworth Analytical Chemistry Fellowship  
  • 2014          Baxter Young Investigator Awards

We are an electrochemistry group. The Ren group develops and uses nanoelectrochemistry tools (including scanning electrochemical probe microscopy) and correlative multi-microscopy to reveal the local structure-mechanisms-activity correlation at complex electrochemical interfaces. The research topics include the active sites in electrocatalysis, corrosion, and electrochemical nucleation.


Applicants with a strong background in electrochemistry, electrocatalysis, spectroelectrochemistry, bioelectrochemistry, and instrumental design are strongly encouraged to apply. Please email Hang with a CV with a cover letter explaining your qualification and specific research interest. Please put "postdoc application" in the subject line of the email.  


Prospective graduate students that are interested in our research are encouraged to apply through the Chemistry Ph.D. program.