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Yang Ren

Senior Physicist


Yang Ren is a physicist at Argonne National Laboratory. He received his M.S. in condensed matter physics from the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Science in 1988, and his Ph.D. in chemical physics from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands in 1996. He is currently a lead beam line scientist for a high-energy x-ray beamline at the Advanced Photon Source. His research interests focus on the structure-property relationship studies of materials by utilizing synchrotron X-ray and neutron scattering and other techniques.  His research activities include investigations of phase transition, correlated electron systems, engineering materials, nanoparticles and nanocomposites, energy storage (battery) and conversion materials.


Ph.D. (Chemical Physics), Materials Science Centre, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands, 1996


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