Jason Ren portrait pictureIntroduction

 Prof. Ren directs the Water Resource Recovery Lab in Environmental Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research focuses on water-energy nexus and energy  and resource recovery during waste treatment processes, with the goal of expanding environmental engineering from pollution clean-up to sustainable development of energy and  environmental systems.

 The Ren lab uses microbial and electrochemical systems to directly convert biodegradable materials, such as wastewater, biomass, and municipal solid waste into energy, fuels,  materials, chemicals and other value-added products. They use molecular microbiology, electrochemistry, and system engineering tools to understand the fundamental determinant  factors of those systems so as to enhance design, operation, and monitoring in concert with traditional approaches.