Prof. Ren Yang

Professor Ren Yang is a physicist and Chair Professor at the Department of Physics at City University of Hong Kong. His research interests focus on the structure-property relationship studies of materials by utilizing synchrotron X-ray and neutron scattering and other techniques.


Ph.D. in Chemical Physics, Materials Science Centre, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherland (1996)
M.S. in Condensed Matter physics, The Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Science (1988)

Research Activities

Investigations of phase transition
Correlated electron systems
Engineering materials
Nanoparticles and nanocomposites
Energy storage (battery)
Conversion materials


Argonne National Laboratory Board of Governors’ Distinguished Performance Award. (2020)
Gopal K. Shenoy Excellence in Beamline Science Award, Advanced Photon Source, ANL. (2020)
Finalist Medal of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), USA. (2019)
Institute Medal of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), USA. (2018)


Selected publications

Liu, S., Zhu, H., Zhang, B., Li, G., Zhu, H., Ren, Y., ... & Li, C. C. (2020). Tuning the kinetics of zinc‐ion insertion/extraction in V2O5 by in situ polyaniline intercalation enables improved aqueous zinc‐ion storage performance. Advanced Materials, 32(26), 2001113.

Yang, C., Chen, J., Ji, X., Pollard, T. P., Lü, X., Sun, C. J., ... & Wang, C. (2019). Aqueous Li-ion battery enabled by halogen conversion–intercalation chemistry in graphite. Nature, 569(7755), 245-250.

Sun, Y. K., Chen, Z., Noh, H. J., Lee, D. J., Jung, H. G., Ren, Y., ... & Amine, K. (2012). Nanostructured high-energy cathode materials for advanced lithium batteries. Nature materials, 11(11), 942-947.

Ren, Y., Palstra, T. T. M., Khomskii, D. I., Pellegrin, E., Nugroho, A. A., Menovsky, A. A., & Sawatzky, G. A. (1998). Temperature-induced magnetization reversal in a YVO3 single crystal. Nature, 396(6710), 441-444.

Lin, J., Li, X., Qiao, G., Wang, Z., Carrete, J., Ren, Y., ... & Li, J. (2014). Unexpected high-temperature stability of β-Zn4Sb3 opens the door to enhanced thermoelectric performance. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136(4), 1497-1504.

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