Dr. Cao's research focuses on the interior structure, dynamics, and evolution of planetary bodies, emphasizing that planetary magnetic fields are essential for understanding the host planets. His research experience encompasses space magnetometer data analysis, analytical and numerical magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) modeling of planetary dynamos, and theoretical calculation of planetary gravity fields. He is a member of the Cassini magnetometer (MAG) team, a member of the Juno Interior Working Group, and a Co-Investigator of the JUICE MAG team.
Dr. Ni is an experimental planetary scientist specializing in the application of isotopes as tracers of physicochemical processes that shape bodies in our Solar System. He works at the interface between experimental petrology and isotope geochemistry and cosmochemistry, with projects ranging from the chemistry of planetesimal metal cores to the formation and evolution of the Moon.