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Fuzeng REN

Assistant Professor

Materials Science and Engineering



2008.09-2011.05   Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), 2011

2006.09-2008.08   M.Phil. in Mechanical Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), 2008

2002.09-2006.07   B.Eng. in Materials Science and Engineering (with first class honors), Chongqing University, 2006 (B.Eng.)

Professional Experience:

2014.06-present, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, South University of Science and Technology of China

2011.06-2014.06, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering & Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Honors and Awards:

Overseas High-Caliber Talent Award (Level B), Shenzhen, 2014

Best Teaching Assistant Coordinator, HKUST, 2007

Excellent Graduate with 1st Class Honors, Chongqing University, 2006

Second Prize, China Undergraduate Mathematical Contest in Modeling, 2004

First Class National Scholarship, Chongqing University, 2003

Research Interests:

1. Novel Biomaterials

Our group is mainly working on developing novel bioceramics, bioactive coatings, degradable metals and self-healing hydrogels for orthopedic and dental applications;

2. Materials for Extreme Environment

We are also interested in designing advanced metals that are intrinsically resistant to wear, high temperature, corrosion and other extreme environments by combining with controlled chemical composition and microstructure, advanced microstructural characterization, in-situ and ex-situ mechanical testing. Computer modeling from the atomistic to the macroscopic scale is also employed to explore materials response to extreme environments, and to guide the design and the analysis of the experiments.

Selected Publications:

1Z. Wang, C. Li, J. Xu, K. Wang, X. Lu, H. Zhang, S. Qu, G.Zhen, F. Ren. Bioadhesive microporous architectures by self-assembling polydopamine microcapsules for biomedical applications. Chemistry of Materials 2015; 27:848-56.

2. F. Ren, Salman N. Arshad, P. Bellon, R. S. Averback. Sliding wear-induced chemical nanolayering in Cu-Ag and its implications for high wear resistance. Acta Materialia 2014; 72:148-158.

Featured in Materials Today,

3. F. Ren, Y. Ding, Y. Leng. Infrared spectroscopic characterization of carbonated apatite: A combined experimental and computational study. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research-PartA. 2014;102(2):496-505.

4. F. Ren, Y. Leng, R. Xin, X. Ge. Synthesis, characterization and ab initio simulation of magnesium-substituted hydroxyapatite. Acta Biomaterialia 2010;6(7):2787-2796.

5F. Ren, R. Xin, X. Ge, Y. Leng. Characterization and structural analysis of zinc-substituted hydroxyapatites. Acta Biomaterialia 2009;5(8): 3141-3149.

6. F. Ren, Y. Leng, Y. Ding, K. Wang. Hydrothermal growth of biomimetic carbonated apatite nanoparticles with tunable size, morphology and ultrastructure, CrystEngComm 2013; 15:2137-2146.

7. F. Ren, X. Lu, Y. Leng. Ab initio simulation to predict the structure and elastic properties of carbonated apatite. Journal of Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials 2013; 26:59-67.

8. J.T.Y. Lee , Y. Leng, K. L. Chow, F. Ren, X. Ge, K. Wang and X. Lu. Cell culture medium as an alternative to conventional simulated body fluid. Acta Biomaterialia 2011;7(6):2615-2622.

9. X. Ge, Y. Leng, C. Bao, S. L. Xu, R. Wang, F. Ren. Antibacterial Coatings of Fluoridated Hydroxyapatite for Percutaneous Implants, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research-Part A 2010; 95(2): 588-599.

10. Y. Ding, Y. Leng, N. Huang, P. Yang, X. Lu, X. Ge, F. Ren, K. Wang, L. Lei, X. Guo. Effects of microtopographic patterns on platelet adhesion and activation on titanium oxide surfaces, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research-Part A. 2013; 101A:622-632.

Positions available:

Currently, we have several Postdoc and Research Assistant openings. Highly motivated applicants with a PhD or Master degree in Biomaterials or related areas are encouraged to apply. Send your CV to

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