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Name: Jianwei Ren
Location: B3 Lab 208 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
Department of Mechanical Engineering Science Staff, FEBE Professors  Staff Members

Contact Details:
Tel: 011 559 2103


About Professor Jianwei Ren


Prof Ren joined University of Johannesburg on the 1 July 2020, before he was a Principal Researcher & Industrial Professor at the CSIR. He is now serving as a full professor, and also the deputy director of the newly established ‘International Centre for Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) and Advanced Nanotechnology’. His current role is to drive the 4IR agenda for South Africa through the ALD technologies. He has over 20 years’ experience in his profession and devotes himself to South African science society. He is the registered professional member of South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNSP), the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). He serves as the panel member for ECSA, NRF, the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF), the National Business Initiative (NBI) and the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA). He severs as the reviewer for over 50 high-level international journals. He also serves as the proposal reviewer for a number of funding bodies such as South African NRF, CSIR, and Chilean National Commission for Scientific and Technology Research (CONICYT). He supervises post-graduates regularly, and often meets with industries to seek the way forward to market, industrial applications and public services. He has published 70 journal articles, 40 conference proceedings, 1 patent, 5 book chapters and presented on over 60 international and local conferences. He is the international advisory board member of the Journal of Arts Science and Technology. He is currently affiliated to Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), India as an adjunct professor. Non-scientific interests include sports, history, and travel.


PhD (Chem Eng)

Research Interests

His research interests cover materials science & manufacturing, H2 & fuel cell technologies, automatic measurement & control, system integration, and particularly, pushing the 4IR agenda through ALD technologies for South Africa.