Yi Ren


     Yi Ren  Assistant Professor, PI
InstituteSchool of Physical Science and Technology
Research AreaMain-Group Chemistry, Materials Chemistry
Contact Info.renyi@@shanghaitech.edu.cn


Jan. 2018 - present:  Assistant Professor, PI, School of Physical Science and Technology, ShanghaiTech University, China

Feb. 2017 – Dec. 2017: Postdoctoral Fellow, advised by Prof. Harry R. Allcock, Department of Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University, USA 

Feb. 2016 – Jan. 2017: Postdoctoral Fellow, advised by Prof. Frieder Jäkle, Department of Chemistry, Rutgers University, USA

June 2012 – Jan. 2016:  Postdoctoral Fellow, advised by Prof. Lynn Loo, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton Center for Complex Materials, Princeton University, USA

Sspt. 2007 – April 2012:  PhD in Inorganic Materials Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Calgary, Cananda

Research Interests
We will utilize new main-group chemistry to construct new optoelectronic materials, and explore their potential functionalities in optoelectronic devices. The main research themes: (1) Design and synthesize “B, N, P, and S” containing functional materials. (2) Explore the structure – property – functionality relationships of the materials, shed light on the main-group elements affects, and improve their properties and functionalities. (3) Harness “main-group chemistry” to build self-assembled hybrid materials in optoelectronic devices.

Selected Publications

Independent Publications:

36. Tailored Solvatochromic NIR Phosphorus-Chromophores via Selective P-N and P-C Chemistry in P-Heteropines; 

Zi Yang, Xinyu Li, Kai Yang, Zhikai Zhang, Yankun Wang, Thomas Baumgartner, and Yi Ren*, Org. Lett. 2022, accepted.

35. Excited-State Engineering of Oligothiophenes via Phosphorus Chemistry towards Strong Fluorescence Materials; 

Zi Yang, Zhikai Zhang, CeCe Xue, Kai Yang, Rong Gao, and Yi Ren*,  Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2021, 23, 24265.

34. A Multiple Excited State Engineering of Boron-Functionalized Diazapentance via Tuning of Molecular Orbital Coupling

Zi Yang, Kai YangX. Wei, Wei Liu, Rong Gao, Frieder Jaekle, Yueh-Lin. Loo, and Yi Ren*, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 202112, 38, 9308. 

33. Highly  Compact Nanochannel Thin Films with Exceptional Thermal Conductivity  and Water Pumping for Efficient Solar Steam Generation

W. Wei, Q. Guan, C. You, J. Yu, Z. Yuan, P. Qiang, C. Zhou, Y. Ren, Z. You, F. Zhang, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2020, 8, 13927. 

32. Hybrid Polyphosphazene-Organosilicon Polymers as Useful Elastomers; 

C. Tong, S. McCarthy, Z. Li, J. Guo, Q. Li, C. N. Pacheco, Y. Ren, H. R. Allcock,  ACS Applied Polymer Materials 2019, 7, 1881.

31. Polyphosphazenes  and Cyclotriphosphazenes with Propeller-Like Tetraphenylethyleneoxy  Side Groups: Tuning Mechanical and Optoelectronic Properties; 

Y. Ren, K. Yang, D. Shan, C. Tong, H. R. Allcock, Macromolecules2018, 51, 9974.

30. Molecular Engineering of Polyphosphazenes and SWNT Hybrids with Potential Applications as Electronic Materials; 

Y. Ren, Z. Li, H. R. Allcock, Macromolecules2018, 5, 5011.

29. p-π Conjugated Polymers Based on Stable Triarylborane with n-Type Behavior in Optoelectronic Devices; 

B. Meng, Y. Ren, J. Liu, F. Jäkle, L. Wang, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 8, 2183.

28. Incorporation of Group 13 Elements into Polymers, “Main Group Strategies towards Functional Hybrid Materials”; 

Y. Ren, F. Jäkle, 2018 John Wiley & Sons Lt.

27. Hybrid conjugated polymers with alternating dithienosilole or dithienogermole and tricoordinate boron units; 

Adachi, Y. Ooyama, Y. Ren, X. Yin, F. Jäkle, J. Ohshita, Polym. Chem. 2018, 10.1039/C7PY01790A.

PhD & Postdoc Publications:

26. Pyridalthiadiazole acceptor-functionalized triarylboranes with multi-responsive optoelectronic characteristics; 

X. Yin#, K. Liu#, Y. Ren, R. A. Lalancette, Y.-L. Loo, F. Jäkle, Chem. Sci. 2017, 8, 5497.

25.  [d]-Carbond-Carbon Double Bond Engineering in Diazaphosphepines:  Modulating the Chemical and Electronic Structures of Heteropines; 

Y. Ren, M. Sezen, F. Gao, F. Jäkle, Y.-L. Loo, Chem. Sci. 2016, 7, 4211.

24. Cooperative Self-Assembly of Phosphole-Lipids and SWCNTs; 

Y. Ren, J. Gao, A. Hailey, T. Baumgartner, Y.-L. Loo, Chem. Mater. 2016, 28, 8407.

23. Bio-inspired Phosphole-Lipids: From Highly Fluorescent Organogels to Mechanically Responsive FRET; 

Y. Ren, W. H. Kan, V. Thangadurai, T. Baumgartner, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 3964. (Highlighted in the issue of the Canadian Chemical News, June 2012)

22. External-Stimuli Responsive Photophysics and Liquid Crystal Properties of Self-Assembled “Phosphole-Lipids”; 

Y. Ren, W. H. Kan, M. A. Henderson, P. G. Bomben, C. P. Berlinguette, V. Thangadurai, T. Baumgartner, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 17014. (Highlighted in “Noteworthy Chemistry” Dec. 2011).

21. Dually Switchable Heterotetracenes: Addressing the Photophysical Properties and Self-Organization of the P-S System; 

Y. Ren, T. Baumgartner, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 1328.

20. Merging Thiophene with Boron: New Building Blocks for Conjugated Materials; 

Y. Ren, F. Jäkle, Dalton Trans. 2016, 45, 13996.

19. A Structure-Property Study Toward π-Extended Phosphole Chromophores with Ambipolar Redox Properties; 

Y. Ren, T. Baumgartner, Can. J. Chem. 2016, 94, 297.

18. Self-Assembly of Axially Functionalized Subpthalocyanines in Thin Films; 

Y. Ren, A. M. Hiszpanski, Y.-L. Loo, Chem. Mater. 2015, 27, 4008.

17.  Isoindigo-Containing Small Molecules for Organic Solar Cells: Effect of  Backbone Extension on Photophysics, Molecular Organization, and Device  Performance; 

Y. Ren, A. Hailey, A. M. Hiszpanski, Y.-L. Loo, Chem. Mater. 2014, 26, 6570.

16.  Fluorinated and Hydrogenated Self-Assembled Monolayers (SAMs) on  Anodes: Effects of SAM Chemistry of Devices Characteristics of Polymer  Solar Cells;

H. Wang, J. M. Mativetsky, Y. Ren, E. D. Gomez, E. D.; C. Jaye, J. Schwartz, D. A. Fischer, Y.-L. Loo, Org. Electron. 2014, 15, 3333.

15.  Structure-Property Relationship Study of Substitution Effects on  Isoindigo-Based Model Compounds as Electron Donors in Organic Solar  Cells; 

Y. Ren, A. M. Hiszpanski, L. Whittaker-Brooks, Y.-L. Loo, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2014, 6, 14533.

14. P-Terthienyl Functionalized Dithieno[3,2-b:2’,3’-d]Phospholes; 

C. J. Chua, Y. Ren, M. Stolar, S. Xing, T. Linder, T. Baumgartner, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2013, 10, 1767.

13. Molecular Engineering of the Physical Properties of Highly Luminescent π-Conjugated Phospholes; 

Y. Ren, F. Biegger, T. Baumgartner, Journal of Physical Chemistry C2013, 117, 4748.

12. Perfluorophenylene-Bridged Bisphospholes: Synthesis and Unexpected Photophysical Properties; 

Y. Ren, A. Orthaber, R. Pietschnig, T. Baumgartner, Dalton Trans. 2013, 42, 5314.

11. Structure-Property Studies Towards the Stimuli-Responsive Behavior of Phosphole-Lipids; 

Y. Ren, T. Baumgartner, Inorg. Chem. 2012, 51, 2669.

10. Combining Form with Function – The Dawn of Phosphole-Based Functional Materials; 

Y. Ren, T. Baumgartner, Dalton Trans. 2012, 41, 7792. Invited Perspective

9. Charge-Transfer Properties of Lateral Triphenylamine-Dithienophosphole Diads; 

C. J. Chua, Y. Ren, T. Baumgartner, Org. Lett. 2012, 14, 1588. Highlighted in SYNFACTS, June 2012.

8. Structure-Property Studies of Bichromophoric, PAH-Functionalized Dithieno[3,2-b:2’3’-d]Phospholes; 

C. J. Chua, Y.Ren, T. Baumgartner, Organometallics, 2012, 31, 2425.

7. Ladder-Type π-Conjugated 4-Hetero-1,4-Dihydrophosphinines: A Structure-Property Study; 

Y. Ren, T. Baumgartner, Chem. Asian J. 2010, 8, 1918.

6. Synthesis, Structures, Photoluminescent and Electroluminescent Properties of Boron Complexes with Anilido-Imine Ligands; 

X. M. Liu, Y. Ren, H. Xia, X. Fan, Y. Mu, Inorg. Chim. Acta2010, 363, 1441.

5. Synthesis and Properties of Ladder-Type 1,4-Dihydro-1,4-Phosphasilins; 

Y. Ren, T. Linder, T. Baumgartner, Can. J. Chem. 2009, 87, 1222.

4. Fluorinated Dithieno[3,2-b:2’,3’-d]Phospholes with Highly Stabilized LUMO Levels; 

Y. Ren, Y. Dienes, S. Hettel, M. Parvez, B. Hoge, T. Baumgartner, Organometallics2009, 28, 734.

3. Boron Complexes with Chelating Anilido-Imine Ligands: Synthesis, Structures and Luminescent Properties; Y. Ren, X. M. Liu, W. Gao, H. Xia, L. Ye, Y. Mu, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2007, 1808.

2. Synthesis, Structures, and Luminescent Properties of Aluminum Complexes with Chelating Anilido-Imine Ligands;

X. M. Liu, H. Xia, W. Gao, L. Ye, Y. Mu, Q. Su, Y. RenEur. J. Chem. 2006, 6, 1216.

1. Dialkylaluminum Complexes with Chelating Anilido-Imine Ligands: Synthesis, Structures,;

X. M. Liu, W. Gao, Y. Mu, G. H. Li, L. Ye, H., Xia, Y. Ren, S. H. Feng, Organometallics2005, 24, 1614.