Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chuangchuang Cao was born in Xinjiang, China, and grew up in Xinjiang before senior high school education. He obtained his M. Eng degree in University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), and PhD in Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), with research topics on the chemical reaction kinetics of different types of fuels. With the co-supervision of Prof. Yuyang Li and Prof. Fei Qi, his PhD research activity focuses on the chemical reaction kinetics of long-chain alkenes and fuel molecular structure effects, combined with experimental data, kinetic models, and quantum chemistry calculations. During the PhD study, he had a visiting study in Politecnico di Milano, Italy for around one year, collaborating with colleagues to develop a new pyrolysis kinetic model of branched hexene isomers based the core CRECK model. He finished the PhD thesis defense in June 2022, and worked as a research assistant in SJTU until Feb. 2023. After that, he joined the Green Research Group at MIT to be a postdoctoral associate, devoting to better understanding of the chemical reaction kinetics of carbon-neutral fuels using comprehensive analysis methods.