Julie Renner, BS, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
Case School of Engineering

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 implantable devices, sensors, water treatment and renewable energy

Awards and Honors

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


  1. 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
  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Z Su, J Hostert, JN Renner, Phosphate Recovery by a Surface-immobilized Cerium Affinity Peptide, ACS ES&T Water, 2020.

  8. 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

  9. 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)

  10. 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)

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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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