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Curriculum Vitae

LAWRENCE A. RENNA

 

Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher

 

Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine

494B Rowland Hall, Irvine CA 92697

(949) 824-1218 | lrenna@uci.edu

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

May 2017 – Present                    Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Postdoctoral Researcher: Prof. Shane Ardo Research Group. Dept. of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine.

 

Research projects: 1) Devised ion-conducting polymeric materials and architectures for artificial proton pumps. 2) Analyzed of ionic band bending at polymer/electrolyte interfaces using impedance spectroscopy and modeling. 3) Performed finite element analysis ion transport and chemical kinetic models 4) Wrote proposals for/with Principal Investigator.

 

Dec. 2012 – May 2017                 Graduate Research Assistant: Prof. D. Venkataraman Research Group. Dept. of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 

Research projects: 1) Designed polymer nanoparticle morphologies with bicontinuous pathways for concurrent conduction. Analyzed transport using advanced scanning probe techniques, impedance spectroscopy, and network/percolation theory with computation. 2) Conducted and modeled impedance spectroscopy to measure ionic transport, and interfacial chemistry to control it, in hybrid organic/inorganic perovskites for photovoltaics and memristors.

 

Sept. 2015 – May 2017                 Research Assistant: X-Ray Characterization Facility. Dept. of Polymer Science & Engineering and Institute for Applied Life Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 

Research projects: 1) Utilized X-ray diffraction and scattering for material characterization with industrial and academic partners. 2) Maintained two instruments: Powder X-ray Diffractometer and X-ray Scattering instrument for University-wide use.

 

 

Jan. 2011 – Sept. 2012                 Intern (2011) Staff Chemist (2011-2012): Prof. Yongwoo Lee Research Group. QinetiQ-North America, Survivability Group. Waltham, MA.

 

Research projects: 1) Designed, synthesized, and fabricated plant-scale reactive fabric coatings containing reactive polymers, enzymes, and metal organic frameworks for capture and decontamination of chemical warfare agents. 2) Developed synthetic route to vinyl ester resin from renewable resources.

 

 

Jul. 2011 – May 2012                   Undergraduate Research Assistant: Prof. Rein U. Kirss Research Group. Dept. of Chemistry, Northeastern University, Boston, MA.

 

Research projects: 1) Conducted 31P NMR kinetics study of Ruthenium complexes. 2) Synthesized a series of ferrocene derivatives and studied electrochemical properties.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Education

 

Sept. 2012 – May 2017                 Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 

Sept. 2008 – May 2012                 B.S. in Chemistry, Minor in Mathematics, Graduated Magna Cum Laude. Northeastern University, Boston, MA.

 

Sept. 2006 – May 2008                 Obtained College Credits Simultaneous with High School. Warren County Community College, Washington, NJ.

 

Professional Development

 

Oct. 2017 – Present                    Data Science Training (UCI Data Science Initiative) University of California, Irvine.

                                                Predictive Modeling with Python, Data Analysis with R

 

Jun. 2014 Aug. 2014                  Certificate in Foundations of Business for Scientists and Engineers (Isenberg School of Management) University of Massachusetts Amherst.

                                                Accounting for Decision Making, Marketing Strategy, Corporate Finance, Operations Management, Leadership Strategies, Business Analytics, Negotiations for Managers, Organizational Strategy

 

Teaching Experience

 

Feb. 2018                                  Guest Discussion Leader: CHEM 1B: General Chemistry 2. Dept. of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine.

 

Nov. 2016                                 Guest Lecture: 629 CE-ENGIN: Clay Minerals and Micro/Nano Characterization. Section on X-Ray Diffraction. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 

Mar. 2016                                  Guest Lecture: 597MC ST: Advanced Materials Characterization. Section on X-Ray Scattering and Diffraction. Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 

Sept. 2015 – May 2017                 Teaching Assistant: Instructed graduate students on X-Ray Scattering and Diffraction Instruments. Dept. of Polymer Science & Engineering and Institute for Applied Life Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 

Sept. 2013 – Jan. 2014                 Teaching Assistant: CHEM 267 Organic Chemistry Lab for Majors. Dept. of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 

Sept. 2012 – May 2013                 Teaching Assistant: CHEM 269 Organic Chemistry Lab for Non-Majors. Dept. of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 

Research Mentorship

 

University of California, Irvine                 Michael Valenzuela (B.S. 2019, UCI)

 

University of Massachusetts Amherst        Gautam Satishchandran (B.S. 2015, UMass),

Julia D. Lenef (B.S. 2018, UMass)

 

Outreach & Service

 

Dec. 2017                                  UC Irvine Center for Educational Partnership (CFEP), Laboratory Experiments and Activities in the Physical Sciences (LEAPS). “Day at college” experience for middle schoolers. Dye-sensitized solar cell demonstration. University of California, Irvine.

 

Jul. 2017                                    Tech Trek: American Association of University Women: Science and math camp designed to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence in young women. Dye-sensitized solar cell demonstration. University of California, Irvine.

 

Jul. 2013 – Apr. 2015                   MassNanoTech: Outreach program to get young people interested in science. Electrochemical solar cell demonstration. University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 

Awards

 

Sept. 2016                                  Marvin D. Rausch Scholarship for Outstanding Oral Presentation

 

Sept. 2015                                  Eugene M. Isenberg Scholar for Integration of Science and Business

 

Sept 2015                                  William E. McEwen Fellowship for Outstanding Poster Presentation

 

Aug. 2015                                  Finalist and Invited Speaker for 2015 Eastman Chemical Student Award, ACS National Meeting

 

May 2012                                  ACS Inorganic Chemistry Award for Undergraduate Research

 

Sep. 2011                                   Provost Undergraduate Research Grant Recipient, Northeastern University.

 

Jun. 2008                                   Liberty Township, NJ Scholarship (Highest GPA)

 

Oral Presentations

 

Sept. 2016                                  “The Discovery of Ionic Transport in Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskites and its Implications on Solar Cell and Non-Volatile Memory Applications”. Lawrence A. Renna ResearchFest 2016. University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 

Jun. 2016                                   “Tunable Percolation in Binary Semiconducting Polymer Nanoparticle Glasses” Lawrence A. Renna. 90th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, June 2016, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

 

Aug. 2016                                  "Probing Percolation Pathways in Binary Polymer Nanoparticulate Films". Lawrence A. Renna. Eastman Chemical Award Symposium in the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering. ACS National Meeting, Fall 2015, Boston, MA.

 

 

Patents

 

1.      Renna, L.A., Liu, Y., Page, Z.A., Russell, T.P., Venkataraman, D. United States Provisional Patent 62/462,977 “Perovskite Memristors via Interfacial Ion Adsorption” Apr. 2016.

2.      Lee, Y., Renna, L., et al., United States Provisional Patent 61/575,648 “Hyper-Sorptive Graphene Oxide-Based Composite Systems for Rapid Decontamination of Chemical Warfare Agents” Aug. 2011.

 

Publications

 

1.        Renna, L.A., Ardo, S. “Numerical Modeling of Photovoltaic Ion Exchange Membranes”. 2018, Energy & Environmental Science, In Preparation.

2.        Smith, E.C. Ellis, C.L.C., Javaid, H, Renna, L.A., Liu, Y., Russell, T.P., Bag, M., Venkataraman, D. “Interplay Between Ionic Transport, Applied Bias, and Degradation Under Illumination in Hybrid Perovskites”. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2018, Submitted.

3.        Renna, L.A., Liu, Y., Russell, T.P., Bag, M., Venkataraman, D. “Evidence of Tunable Macroscopic Polarization in Perovskite Films using photo-Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy”. Materials Letters, 2018, 217, 308-311.

4.        Rahman, M.A., Renna, L.A., Venkataraman, D., Desbois, P., Lesser, A.J. “Highly Crystalline, Porous Polyamide 6 by Anionic Polymerization”. Polymer, 2018, Accepted.

5.        Jeong, S., Renna, L.A., Boyle, C.J., Kwak, H.S., Harder, H., Damm, W., and Venkataraman, D. “High Energy Density in Azobenzene-based Materials for Photo-Thermal Batteries via Controlled Polymer Architecture and Polymer-Solvent Interactions”. Scientific Reports, 2017, 7 (1).

6.        Renna, L.A., Lenef, J.D., Bag, M., Venkataraman, D. “Mixed Ionic-Electronic Conduction in Binary Polymer Nanoparticle Assemblies”. Advanced Materials Interfaces, 2017, 1700397.

7.        Liu, Y.*, Renna, L.A.*, Thompson, H.B., Page, Z.A., Emrick, T., Barnes M.D., Bag, M, Venkataraman, D., Russell, T.P., 2017. “Role of Ionic Functional Groups on Ion Transport at Perovskite Interfaces”. Advanced Energy Materials, 2017, 1701235. *Equal Contribution.

8.        Jiang, Z., Bag, M., Renna, L.A., Jeong, S., Rotello, V.M., and Venkataraman, D. “Aqueous-Processed Perovskite Solar Cells Based on Reactive Inkjet Printing”. hal.achives-ouvertes, 2016 <hal-01386295>.

9.        Bag, M., Renna, L.A., Jeong, S., Han, X., Cutting, C.L., Maroudas, D. and Venkataraman, D. “Evidence for Reduced Charge Recombination in Carbon Nanotube/Perovskite-based Active Layers”. Chemical Physics Letters, 2016, 662, pp.35-41.

10.      Liu, Y., Renna, L.A., Page, Z.A., Thompson, H.B., Kim, P.Y., Barnes, M.D., Emrick, T., Venkataraman, D. and Russell, T.P. “A Polymer Hole Extraction Layer for Inverted Perovskite Solar Cells from Aqueous Solutions”. Advanced Energy Materials, 2016, 6(20).

11.      Renna, L.A., Bag, M., Gehan, T.S., Han, X., Lahti, P.M., Maroudas, D. and Venkataraman, D. “Tunable Percolation in Semiconducting Binary Polymer Nanoparticle Glasses”. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2016, 120(9), pp.2544-2556.

12.      Liu, Y., Renna, L.A., Bag, M., Page, Z.A., Kim, P., Choi, J., Emrick, T., Venkataraman, D. and Russell, T.P. “High Efficiency Tandem Thin-Perovskite/Polymer Solar Cells with a Graded Recombination Layer”. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2016, 8(11), pp.7070-7076.

13.      Liu, Y., Bag, M., Renna, L.A., Page, Z.A., Kim, P., Emrick, T., Venkataraman, D. and Russell, T.P. “Understanding Interface Engineering for HighPerformance Fullerene/Perovskite Planar Heterojunction Solar Cells”. Advanced Energy Materials, 2016, 6(2).

14.      Bag, M., Jiang, Z., Renna, L.A., Jeong, S., Rotello, V.M. and Venkataraman, D. “Rapid combinatorial screening of inkjet-printed alkyl-ammonium cations in perovskite solar cells”. Materials Letters, 2016, 164, pp.472-475.

15.      Bag, M.*, Renna, L.A.*, Adhikari, R.Y., Karak, S., Liu, F., Lahti, P.M., Russell, T.P., Tuominen, M.T. and Venkataraman, D. “Kinetics of Ion Transport in Perovskite Active Layers and its Implications for Active Layer Stability”. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2015, 137(40), pp.13130-13137. *Equal Contribution.

16.      Renna, L.A., Boyle, C.J., Gehan, T.S. and Venkataraman, D. “Polymer Nanoparticle Assemblies: A Versatile Route to Functional Mesostructures”. Macromolecules, 2015, 48(18), pp.6353-6368.

17.      Karak, S., Homnick, P.J., Renna, L.A., Venkataraman, D., Mague, J.T. and Lahti, P.M. “Solution-Processed Photovoltaics with a 3,6-Bis(diarylamino)fluoren-9-ylidene Malononitrile”. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2014, 6(19), pp.16476-16480.

18.      Bag, M., Gehan, T.S., Renna, L.A., Algaier, D.D., Lahti, P.M. and Venkataraman, D. “Fabrication Conditions for Efficient Organic Photovoltaic Cells from Aqueous Dispersions of Nanoparticles”. RSC Advances, 2014, 4(85), pp.45325-45331.

19.      Gehan, T.S., Bag, M., Renna, L.A., Shen, X., Algaier, D.D., Lahti, P.M., Russell, T.P. and Venkataraman, D. “Multiscale Active Layer Morphologies for Organic Photovoltaics Through Self-Assembly of Nanospheres”. Nano Letters, 2014, 14(9), pp.5238-5243.

20.      Verschoor-Kirss, M.J., Hendricks, O., Renna, L., Hill, D. and Kirss, R.U. “Phosphine Substitution Reactions of (η5-Cyclopentadienyl) Ruthenium bis(Triarylphosphine) Chloride, CpRu(PAr3)2Cl {PAr3 = PPh3, P(p-CH3C6H4)3, P(p-FC6H4)3, P(p-CH3OC6H4)3, and PPh2(p-CH3C6H4)}: A Tale of Two Mechanisms”. Dalton Transactions, 2014, 43(40), pp.15221-15227.

21.      Y. Lee, L. A. Renna, et. al. Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program. “Environmentally Compliant Vinyl Ester Resin (VER) Composite Matrix Resin Derived from Renewable Resources”. 2011, (WP-1755)

 

Books & Book Chapters

 

1.        Renna, L.A., Gehan, T.S. and Venkataraman, D. “Polymer Nanostructures through Packing of Spheres”. Optical Properties of Functional Polymers and Nano Engineering Applications, 2014, 1, p.227.

 

Selected Poster Presentations

 

1.        Renna, L.A., Bag, M., Gehan, T.S., Han, X., Lahti, P.M., Maroudas, D., Venkataraman, D. “Tunable Percolation in Semiconducting Binary Polymer Nanoparticle Glasses”, University of Massachusetts Amherst Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), (Amherst, MA) October 2015.

2.        Renna, L.A., Bag, M., Venkataraman, D. “Perovskite Solar Cells: Why Do They Degrade?”, University of Massachusetts Amherst, ResearchFest, (Amherst, MA) September 2015. (Award Winner)

3.        Renna, L.A., Bag, M., Gehan, T.S., Venkataraman, D. "Probing Structural Diversity in Disordered Assemblies of Nanoparticles", Sukant Tripathy Memorial Symposium, (Lowell, MA) December 2014.

4.        Renna, L.A., Bag, M., Gehan, T.S., Venkataraman, D. "Structural Diversity in Random Assemblies of Nanoparticles", University of Massachusetts Amherst, ReaserchFest, (Amherst, MA), August 2014.

5.        Satishchandran, G., Renna, L.A., Venkataraman, D. "Tuning van der Waals Forces between Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticles", American Chemical Society Connecticut Valley Section Undergraduate Symposium, (Amherst, MA) April 2014. (Award Winner)

6.        Renna, L.A., Venkataraman, D. “Ultrasonication of Low Melting Molecules: A New Nanoparticle Synthesis”, University of Massachusetts Amherst, ResearchFest, (Amherst, MA), August 2013.

7.        Lee, Y, Kovar, R.F., Shin, U., Renna, L., Collins, W., Francis, N., Reinstein, R. “Greener vinyl Ester Resin from Biowastes”, 244th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (Philadelphia, PA), August 2012.

8.        Renna, L.A., Kirss, R.U., et. al. “Does Bigger Mean Faster? Steric Effects in the Kinetics of Phosphine Substitution in Ruthenium Catalysts”, Northeastern University RISE:2012, (Boston, MA) March 2012.

9.        Renna, L.A. et al. “Hypersorptive Graphene-Oxide Based Composite System for the Rapid Decontamination of Chemical Warfare Agents”, 242nd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (Denver, CO), August 2011.

 

Professional Societies

 

·    American Chemical Society (ACS)