Julie Renner, BS, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
Case School of Engineering
Dean's Fellow for Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Research Information

Research Interests

The central aim of the Renner Research Group is to develop biomolecular platforms to control solid-liquid interfaces and thin film assemblies. In doing so, we are enabling a new generation of technologies with applications in resource recovery, biomaterials and energy.

Awards and Honors

Undergraduate Teaching Award
Case School of Engineering
Research Award
Case School of Engineering
Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship
Graduate Teaching Award
Case School of Engineering


  1. MW Issa, D Calderon, O Kamlet, S Asaei, JN Renner, and CL Wirth, Engineered Polypeptides as a Tool for Controlling Catalytic Active Janus Particles,  ACS Applied Engineering Materials, 2023
  2. JD Hostert,#  QA Spitzer,# P Giammattei, and JN Renner, Scalable Production of Peptides for Enhanced Struvite Formation via Expression on the Surface of Genetically Engineered Microbes, ACS Materials Au, 2023
  3. JD Hostert, M Sepsy, CE Duval,* and JN Renner,* Clickable membrane adsorbers enable Ce recovery with peptide ligands, Soft Matter, 2023
  4. JJ Gray, P Clancy, R Hernandez, BS Akpa, JN Renner, AS Robinson and VL Young, Effective Practices in Equity and Inclusion for ChE Academic Departments, Chemical Engineering Progress, February 2023
  5. N Pramounmat, S Asaei,# JD Hostert,# K Young, HA von Recum, and JN Renner, Grafting of short elastin-like peptides using an electric field, Scientific Reports, 2022, 12:18682
  6. I Wu, JD Hostert,# G Verma,# M-C Kuo, JN Renner,* and AM Herring,* Electrochemical struvite precipitation enhanced by an amelogenin peptide for nutrient recovery, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2022
  7. N Pramounmat, K Yan, J Wolf, and JN Renner, Platinum-Binding Peptides: Understanding of Selective Binding and Overview of Applications, Multifunctional Materials, 2022, 5, 012002 
  8. J Hostert,* C Loney,* N Pramounmat,# K Yan,# Z Su, and JN Renner, Self-assembly and rearrangement of a polyproline II helix peptide on gold, Langmuir, 2021
  9. Z Su, CO Kim, JN Renner, Quantification of the Effects of Hydrophobicity and Mass Loading on the Effective Coverage of Surface-Immobilized Elastin-like Peptides, Biochemical Engineering Journal, 2021, 168, 107933
  10. N Pramounmat and JN Renner, Improving Graduate Student Preparedness for Entering the Workforce: A Hands-On Experience in Project Management for a Graduate-Level Protein Engineering Class, Chemical Engineering Education. 2020,  54, 4.
  11. J Hostert, O Kamlet, Z Su, N Kane, JN Renner, Exploring the effect of a peptide additive on struvite formation and morphology: a high-throughput method, RSC Advances, 2020, 10, 39328 - 39337
  12. J Toth, N Abuyazid, D Lacks, JN Renner, MR Sankaran, A plasma-water droplet reactor for process-intensified, continuous nitrogen fixation at atmospheric pressure, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2020, 2020, 8, 39, 14845–14854
  13. X Gong, K Rohm, Z Su, B Zhao, JN Renner, I Manas-Zloczower, D Feke, Porous Hydrogels Templated from Soy-Protein Stabilized High Internal Phase Emulsions, Journal of Materials Science, 2020, 55, 17284–17301
  14. Z Su, J Hostert, JN Renner, Phosphate Recovery by a Surface-immobilized Cerium Affinity Peptide, ACS ES&T Water, 2020.
  15. J Toth, R Hawtof, D Matthiesen, JN Renner, SR Sankaran, On the non-faradaic hydrogen gas evolution from electrolytic reactions at the interface of a cathodic atmospheric-pressure microplasma and liquid water surface, Journal of The Electrochemical Society. 2020, 167, 11, 116504
  16. M Yu, JN Renner* and CE Duval*, A lysine-modified polyethersulfone (PES) membrane for the recovery of lanthanides, Frontiers in Chemistry, 2020, 8. (Invited Special Collection - Women in Science: Chemistry)
  17. C Loney, S Maheshwari,* N Pramounmat,* MJ Janik, and JN Renner, Effects of Peptide-Functionalized Surfaces on the Electrochemical Hydrogen Evolution Reaction, Journal of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage, 2020. (Invited Emerging Investigators Special Issue)
  18. N Pramounmat, C Loney,* CO Kim,* LH Wiles,* KE Ayers, A Kusoglu, and JN Renner, Controlling the Distribution of Perfluorinated Sulfonic Acid Ionomer with Elastin-like Polypeptide, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2019, 11, 46, 43649–43658
  19. Z Su,# S Kole,# LC Harden,  VM Palakkal,  CO Kim, CO Nair, CG Arges,* and JN Renner,* Peptide-modified electrode surfaces for promoting anion exchange ionomer microphase separation and ionic conductivity, ACS Materials Letters 2019, 1, 4, 467–475
  20. M Xu, Z Su, and JN Renner, Characterization of cerium (III) ion binding to surface-immobilized EF-hand loop I of calmodulin, Peptide Science 2019, 111, 6, e24133
  21. CN Loney, SIP Bakovic, C Xu, A Graybill, LF Greenlee,* and JN Renner,* Interactions of Polyproline II Helix Peptides with Iron(III) Oxide, ChemistrySelect, 2019, 4, 22, 6784-6789
  22. R Hawtof, S Ghosh, E Guarr, C Xu, RM Sankaran,* and JN Renner,* Catalyst-free, highly selective synthesis of ammonia from nitrogen and water by a plasma electrolytic system, Science Advances, 2019, 5, 1, eaat5778
  23. LF Greenlee, JN Renner, SL Foster, The Use of Controls for Consistent and Accurate Measurements of Electrocatalytic Ammonia Synthesis from Dinitrogen, ACS Catalysis, 2018, 8, 9, 7820−7827
  24. SL Foster, SIP Bakovic, R Duda, S Maheshwari, RD Milton, SD Minteer,* MJ Janik,* JN Renner,* LF Greenlee,* Catalysts for Nitrogen Reduction to Ammonia, Nature Catalysis, 2018, 1, 7, 490-500
  25. Z Su, N Pramounmat,* S Watson,* and JN Renner, Engineered Interaction Between Short Elastin-Like Peptides and Perfluorinated Sulfonic-acid Ionomer, Soft Matter, 2018, 14, 3528 – 353
  26. JN Renner and SD Minteer, The use of engineered protein materials in electrochemical devices, Experimental Biology and Medicine, 2016, 241, 980-985


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