Elvis_ProfileXiangkun (Elvis) Cao is currently a Ph.D. student majoring in Micro & Nanoscale Engineering, with a minor in Energy & Sustainability and Infection & Immunity. He works in Prof. David Erickson’s lab at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. His research at Cornell focuses on two concentrations: (1) FeverPhone, a smartphone based molecular diagnostics platform for differential diagnosis of six common causes of acute febrile illness; (2) HI-Light, a solar thermal chemical reactor technology for converting CO2 to fuels.

Before joining Cornell, Elvis was a visiting graduate student invited by Prof. Mujid Kazimi to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2015-2016 and worked in Mesoscale Nuclear Materials Laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Michael Short at Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, on the project of Multilayer Composite Fuel Cladding & Oxidation Experiments.

Elvis received his Master’s degree in Materials Engineering at McGill University in 2016, under the supervision of Prof. Roderick Guthrie (FRSC, FCAE, FCIM) & Dr. Mihaiela Isac, on the project of Aqueous Particle Sensor (APS) for Micro-bubble Detection. He received his BEng & BA dual degree in Energy & Power Engineering and English Language & Literature from the ‘Tsien Hsue-shen’ Honors College of Xi’an Jiaotong University in 2013.

Elvis has recently published work in Fuel, ISIJ International, and Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B, and is participating in a team that has won the $20K Grand Prize in NASA Tech Briefs “Create the Future” Design Contest and has advanced to the semi-final round of the competition for the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE.

For more information on his research, click on “Publications.”

Curriculum Vitae (updated July 2018).