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Hechen REN  Professor of Physics

Email: ren@tju.edu.cn

Research Areas: Experimental Condensed Matter Physics; Low-Dimensional Systems; Quantum Transport.

Course Offered : Topological Phenomena in Condensed Matter Physics

Address: Yaguan Road 135, Jinnan District, 300350 Tianjin, P. R. China

Biographical Profile

    Educational Background

  • 2006-2007, Tsinghua University, Electrical Engineering.

  • 2007-2011, Columbia University, B.A. in Mathematics and Physics.

  • 2011-2018, Harvard University, Master and Ph.D. in Physics.

    Professional Career

  • 2018-2019, California Institute of Technology, IQIM Postdoctoral Fellow.

  • 2019-2021, Afiniti, Research Scientist.

  • 2022-Present, Center for Joint Quantum Studies, School of Science, Tianjin University, Professor.

Fields of Interest

  • Quantum Transport and Spectroscopy in Low-Dimensional Systems

  • Topological Insulators and Topological Superconductivity

  • Nanofabrication and Spintronics Devices Using Quantum Materials

Selected Publications

    Journal Articles

[1] H. Ren, F. Pientka, S. Hart, A. T. Pierce, M. Kosowsky, L. Lunczer, R. Schlereth, B. Scharf, E. M. Hankiewicz, L. W. Molenkamp, B. I. Halperin, & A. Yacoby. “Topological Superconductivity in a Phase-Controlled Josephson Junction.” Nature 569, 93–98 (2019).

[2] Y.Choi, J. Kemmer, Y. Peng, A. Thomson, H. Arora, R. Polski, Y. Zhang, H. Ren, J.Alicea, G. Refael, F. von Oppen, K. Watanabe, T. Taniguchi & S. Nadj-Perge, “Electronic Correlations in Twisted Bilayer Graphene near the Magic Angle.” Nature Physics 15, 1174–1180 (2019).

[3] B. Scharf, F. Pientka, H. Ren, A. Yacoby, and E. M. Hankiewicz, “Tuning topological superconductivity in phase-controlled Josephson junctions with Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit coupling.” Phys. Rev. B 99, 214503 (2019).

[4] S. Hart†, H. Ren†, M. Kosowsky, G. Ben-Shach, P. Leubner, C. Brüne, H. Buhmann, L. Molenkamp, B. Halperin, and A. Yacoby, “Controlled Finite Momentum Pairing and Spatially Varying Order Parameter in Proximitized HgTe Quantum Wells.” Nature Physics 13, 87–93 (2017).

[5] S. Hart†, H. Ren†, T. Wagner, P. Leubner, M. Mühlbauer, C. Brüne, H. Buhmann, L. Molenkamp, and A. Yacoby, “Induced superconductivity in the quantum spin Hall edge.” Nature Physics 10, 638–643 (2014).

[6] A.F. Young†, C. R. Dean†, L. Wang, H. Ren, P. Cadden-Zimansky, K. Watanabe, T. Taniguchi, J. Hone, K.L. Shepard, and P. Kim, “Spin and valley quantum Hall ferromagnetism in graphene.” Nature Physics 8, 550-556 (2012).

[7] A. F. Young, C. R. Dean, I. Meric, S. Sorgenfrei, H. Ren, K. Watanabe, T. Taniguchi, J. Hone, K. L. Shepard, and P. Kim, “Electronic compressibility of layer-polarized bilayer graphene.” Phys. Rev. B 85, 235-458 (2012).

[8] C.R. Dean†, A.F. Young†, P. Cadden-Zimansky, L. Wang, H. Ren, K. Watanabe, T. Taniguchi, P. Kim, J. Hone, and K.L. Shepard, “Multicomponent fractional quantum Hall effect in graphene.” Nature Physics 7, 693–696 (2011).

Open Positions

I have openings for both PhD and master students and am actively looking. Undergraduates are welcome to conduct or participate in research projects as well. Please email me directly for inquiries and applications.



天津大学理学院 量子交叉研究中心   地址:天津津南区 雅观路135号 天津大学北洋园校区32楼146 
Center for Joint Quantum Studies, School of Science, Tianjin University     Address : Yaguan Road 135, Jinnan District, 300350 Tianjin, P. R. China