Wei Ren, PhD
Assistant Professor 
(cv, contact renwei@mae.cuhk.edu.hk)
Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Mechanical and Automation Engineering
Room 319, William M.W. Mong Engineering Bldg.
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong SAR, China


Dr. Wei Ren received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Optical Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2006 and 2008, respectively. He received Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University under the advisory of Prof. Ronald K. Hanson in 2013. After one year of postdoc research with Prof. Frank K. Tittel in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University, he joined CUHK as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering in August, 2014. His current research focuses on the development of new technologies and the understanding of basic principles in the areas of combustion and propulsion, alternative fuels, laser diagnostics and trace gas sensing. 

Selected Publications 
  1. Wei Ren, R. Mitchell Spearrin, David F. Davidson, and Ronald K. HansonJ. Phys. Chem. A118(10), 1785-1798 (2014).

  2. Wei Ren, Wenzhe Jiang, Nancy P. Sanchez, et al., Appl. Phys. Lett.104, 041117 (2014).

  3. Mohammad Jahjah, Wei Ren, Przemysław Stefański, et al., Analyst139, 2065-2069 (2014).

  4. Wei Ren, King-Yiu Lam, Sung H Pyun, Aamir Farooq, David F Davidson, and Ronald K Hanson, Proc. Combust. Inst. 34(1), 453-461 (2013).

  5. Wei Ren, Enoch Dames, Derrek Hyland, David F Davidson, and Ronald K Hanson, Combust. and Flame 160(12), 2669-2679 (2013).

  6. Wei Ren, Aamir Farooq, David F Davidson, and Ronald K Hanson, Appl. Phys. B 107(3), 849-860 (2012).

Career History

Recent Update
  • 2014/8/1, embark on a new venture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong!

  • 2014/3/25, recent work on atmospheric CH4 and N2O measurements during DISCOVER-AQ (Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 4) has been chosen for inclusion in Spotlight on Optics.

  • 2014/2/25, Frank and I visit THORLABS in Newton, NJ.

  • 2014/2/5, I attend and present in SPIE Photonics West 2014, held in San Francisco, USA.

  • 2014/1/22, my research in the development of a very compact laser-based CH4 and N2O sensor is published in Analyst (Royal Society of Chemistry), reported by Rice News, and featured in Futurity.
    What makes the technique possible is the small quartz tuning fork, which vibrates at a specific frequency when stimulated. "The ones we use are made for digital watches and are very cheap," says Wei Ren. "The fundamental theory behind this is the photoacoustic effect." (Credit: "tuning fork" via Shutterstock, font by Tyler Finck/FontSquirrel)