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The O'Donnell Awards were established in 2005 to recognize
Ren was cited for making seminal contributions in five scientific fields: carbon nanotubes, thermoelectrics, hierarchical zinc oxide nanowires, high temperature superconductivity, and molecule delivery/sensing. He was the first to grow aligned carbon nanotube arrays in large scale, to make nanostructured bulk thermoelectric materials with much improved properties, and to synthesize hierarchical zinc oxide nanowires.
He also was named Tuesday as a fellow in the 2013 Class of the
"Dr. Ren's innovative research serves as an admirable example of what we are striving to do here at the
Success in science, Ren said, requires a mix of intelligence and persistence.
"You don't want to be a 100-meter dash person," he said. "You have to be persistent. Of course, you have to have intelligence. If you aren't smart enough, it doesn't matter how persistent you are."
Ren, who was recruited to UH from
"It's his curiosity and his energy, and the out-of-the-box thinking," Chu said. "He's an excellent entrepreneur and a humanist."
Ren's current interests include energy efficiency and nanomedicine.
He has received wide recognition for his work in thermoelectric materials; a paper published earlier this year in the Proceedings of the
He also is working on a project to use nanosensors to detect the level of immunosuppressant medications in a patient's bloodstream, allowing post-transplant patients to personalize, and potentially lower, the amount of medications they are required to take.
Ren said the O'Donnell Award offers both recognition of his work and an incentive to continue pressing for more results.
"I really appreciate it," he said. "It's very important to me. Every time you get something, it puts more pressure on you. I feel I have to work harder now."
The other 2014 O'Donnell Award winners include
"Primarily focused on medicine and physics, our award recipients conducted cutting-edge research in areas that will improve the health of our citizens, advance our materials engineering technologies and protect personnel in the armed forces and space program," Draper said.
Keywords for this news article include: Chemicals, Chemistry, Zinc Oxide, Engineering,
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