Assistant Professor Department of Earth and Space Sciences

Dr. Ren received degrees of B.Sci. and Ph.D. from Peking University in 2003 and 2009, respectively. From 2009 to 2016, he served first as a postdoctoral researcher and then as an associate researcher in University of Science and Technology of China. In October 2016, he joined the Southern University of Science and Technology. His research interests include the electromagnetic phenomena associated with natural earthquakes and the potential applications of the seismoelectric effect in detecting or monitoring subsurface fluid. So far, he has led four scientific research projects, including one youth project and two surface projects of the National Natural Science Foundation of China. He has published 10 papers in domestic and foreign scientific journals, including GJI, PJA, CJG and others.

Personal Profile

Dr. Ren currently is an assistant professor in SUSTech and a committee member of Professional Committee on Seismoelectromagnetism, Seismological Society of China. He received degrees of B.Sci. and Ph.D. from Peking University in 2003 and 2009, respectively. From 2009 to 2016, he served first as a postdoctoral researcher and then as an associate researcher in University of Science and Technology of China. In October 2016, he joined Southern University of Science and Technology. Two months later, he was identified as high-level personnel of Shenzhen City. From June to October in 2017, he visited Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo carrying out internationally cooperative study on co-seismic electromagnetic (EM) signals observed during 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes. His research interests include EM phenomena associated with natural earthquakes and the potential applications of seismoelectric effect in detecting or monitoring subsurface fluid. He is the internationally first person who puts forward the existence of seismoelectric evanescent EM waves further perfecting the seismoelectric theory. So far, he has hosted four scientific research projects and published more than 10 journal articles. He has served as a project assessor of National Natural Science Foundation of China as well as a reviewer of scientific journals including JGR, GJI, SE, PAGeoph, and so on.

 

Education Background

2003-2009, Ph.D. in Geophysics, School of Earth & Space Sciences, Peking University

1999-2003, BS in Geophysics, School of Earth & Space Sciences, Peking University

 

Work Experience

2016.10-present, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth & Space Sciences, Southern Univ. of Science & Technology

2017.06-2017.10, Visiting Researcher, Earthquake Research Institute, The Univ. of Tokyo

2012.04-2016.10, Associate Researcher, School of Earth & Space Sciences, Univ. of Science & Technology of China

2009.07-2012.04, Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Earth & Space Sciences, Univ. of Science & Technology of China

 

Academic Service Experience

Committee member of Professional Committee on Seismoelectromagnetism, Seismological Society of China

Project assessor of National Natural Science Foundation of China 

Reviewers of JGR, GJI, Solid Earth, PAGeoph, TAOS.

Co-chair of parallel session SE14 of the 13th Annual Meeting of the Asia Oceania Geoscience Society (AOGS 2016)

 

Research Projects (as the person in charge)

"Study on the evanescent electromagnetic waves contained in the seismo-electromagnetic signals", National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2017-2020, 836,400RMB.

"Study on the seismo-electromagnetic signals basing on the comparison between numerical simulation and field observation", National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2013-2016, 1,000,000RMB.

"Numerical simulation study of the seismo-electromagnetic wavefields generated in a layered porous media with irregular interfaces", National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2011-2013, 200,000RMB.

"Numerical simulation study of the seismo-electromagnetic signals generated by the rupture process of a finite fault", Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, 2011-2012, 100,000RMB.

Research

1. Numerical simulation technique for EM fields and elastic waves

2. Experimental study of the seismoelectric effect

3. Analysis and explanation of EM signals associated with natural earthquakes

4. Potential applicaiton of the electrokinetic effect in monitoring/detecting subsurface fluids and well logging


Teaching

1. Fundamentals of Geophysics II (Geomagnetism, Geoelectricity, Geothermics and Gravity)

2. Principal of Mechanical-Electromagnetic coupling


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Aiming at the coupling phenomena between seismic and electromagnetic (EM) wave-fields, Dr. Ren has performed a series of theoretical and numerical simulation studies. He is the first person to point out the existence of seismoelectric evanescent EM waves, and to propose coseismic EM signals are likely to be mainly contributed by seismoelectric evanescent EM waves. Furthermore, he quantitatively investigated the amplitude decay characteristics of seismoelectric evanescent EM waves. These recognitions further perfect the seismoelectric theory.

So far, he has hosted 5 scientific research projects, which include 4 projects of NSFC, and published 12 journal articles. He was invited to write a chapter for a seismoelectric monograph of AGU.

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The Department of Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) at Southern University of Science and Technology was established in December 2016. Prof. Xiaofei Chen, a renowned seismologist and an academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), is appointed as an initiatory departmental head. 
The studies in ESS concern the physics of the Earth, geo-space and planets in outer space. Through building up a world-leading program of research and education in Earth and Space Sciences, we strive to conduct the research that would advance our understanding on the complex natural system of Earth and Space, in order to provide science-based solutions to many of the societal challenges of our time: natural hazards, natural energy resources, space exploration, etc. In the meantime, our department offers rigorous hands-on training to students and prepares them to be future leaders in academia, government and industry. 
ESS encompasses a wide range of scientific disciplines: Geophysics, Space Physics, Satellite Geodesy and Planetary Science. By the end of October 2019, ESS has thirty-one faculty members, including six professors, four associate professors, eleven assistant professors, and ten research assistant professors, including one Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, three Distinguished Young Scholars of National Nature Science Fund, one Excellent Young Scientists of National Science Fund. elcome more talents to join us and work together to build a world-class research and education center for Earth and Space Sciences. 

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Contact Address

Southern University of Science and Technology Shenzhen, Guangdong, China Room 309, Building 9, Innovation Park

Office Phone

0755-88018799

Email

renhx@sustech.edu.cn

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