Lei Ren

Research Scientist in RIOS Lab

He graduated from Department of Physics at Peking University in 2004 with B.Sc. degree and excellent achievements, during which he was granted Chun-Tsung fellowship and performed initial research on semiconductor nanowire devices successfully as an undergraduate student under its support. He graduated from the Applied Physics program in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University in 2011 with Ph.D. degree. There he performed thorough research on opto-electrical properties of carbon nanoscale devices and their potential applications on computer systems and terahertz optical frequency range, and published multiple high-quality first-author papers on top SCI journals, such as Physical Review B and Nano Letters. He successfully invented carbon nanotube terahertz polarizer, and completed the opto-electrical characterizations on highly aligned single-wall carbon nanotubes, and then laid their groundwork for their potential device applications in computer hardware systems. He was one of the last-class students of the carbon nanotechnology pioneer, Dr. Richard E. Smalley, the 1996 Nobel laureate. He full-time worked in the top technology companies in the energy industry and high-precision optics industry in USA after his Ph.D. graduation until 2022 summer, thereafter he came back to China and started the new career as a research scientist at the RISC-V international open-source laboratory (RIOS Lab) in Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI), with research areas focused on semiconductor microprocessor open-source EDA, semiconductor nanoscale device modeling and its multi-physics, and hardware open-source legal patent AI classifications.

Research Interests

Semiconductor microprocessor open-source EDA, Semiconductor nanoscale device modeling and its multi-physics, Hardware open-source legal patent AI classifications



Peking University, Bechlor 2000-2004

Rice University, Doctor, 2004-2011