Dr. Chen Chris Gong

Postdoctoral Researcher

Chen ("Chris") Gong is a postdoctoral researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

Dr. Gong is currently part of the international climate policy team, which focuses on political economy consideration in integrated assessment model (IAM) pathways. In the past she has worked on two topics: 1) national transition pathway for China, and 2) developing soft-coupling methodologies for IAM modeling. Specifically, she explored the relation between high-emission power mix and electrification rate in China's energy system of the future, and worked on better representing electrification and variable renewable integration by coupling integrated assessment model REMIND to a detailed energy model DIETER (DIW)

Her research interests are international and national climate policies, international collaborations on achieving ambitious climate pathways, international political economy, energy system modelling, sector coupling, renewable energy storage, hydrogen and industrial energy transition. She is part of the 1.5 National Pathways, ELEVATE, ARIADNE and INTEGRATE projects.


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Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Potsdam, Germany

I received a double degree in B.A. in mathematics from Ohio Wesleyan University and a B.Sc. degree in applied physics from California Institute of Technology in 2012. I received a M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Physics titled "Synchronization of coupled phase oscillators" [link] from the University of Potsdam in 2021.

  • International climate policy
  • Incorporating political economy constraints in Integrated Assessment Model (IAM)
  • China's energy transition pathway
  • Soft-coupling optimization problems of two-scales
  • Energy system modelling
  • Renewable energy integration, sector-coupling
  • Network dynamics, coupled oscillatory systems
  • Nonlinear dynamics and dynamical systems
  • Theoretical astrophysics
  • Theoretical biophysics

  1. C. C. Gong, F. Ueckerdt, C. Bertram, Y. Yin, D. Bantje, G. Luderer, “Interlinking
    power sector transition with end-use electrification and safeguarding China’s netzero
    pathway“, under preparation (2023)
  2. C. C. Gong, F. Ueckerdt, R. Pietzcker, A. Odenweller, W.-P. Schill, M. Kittel,
    G. Luderer, “Bidirectional coupling of the long-term integrated assessment model REgional Model of INvestments and Development (REMIND) v3.0.0 with the hourly power sector model Dispatch and Investment Evaluation Tool with Endogenous Renewables (DIETER) v1.0.2”,
    Geoscientific Model Development, 16, 4977–5033, (2023)
  3. L. Baumstark, N. Bauer, [et al., including C. C. Gong, “REMIND2.1: transformation
    and innovation dynamics of the energy-economic system within climate and sustainability
    limits”, Geosci. Model Dev., Issue 14, 6571–6603 (2021)
  4. C. C. Gong, R. Toenjes and A. Pikovsky, “Coupled Moebius Maps as a Tool to Model Kuramoto
    Phase Synchronization”, Physical Review E, Vol 102, Issue 2, Page 022206 (2020)
  5. C. C. Gong and A. Pikovsky, “Low-Dimensional Dynamics for Higher Order Harmonic Globally Coupled Phase Oscillator Ensemble”, Physical Review E, Vol 100, Issue 6, Page 062210 (2019)
  6. F. Peter, C. C. Gong and A. Pikovsky, “Microscopic Cross-correlations in the Kuramoto Model of Coupled Oscillators”, Physical Review E, Vol 100, Issue 3, Page 032210 (2019)
  7. C. C. Gong, C. Zheng, R. Toenjes and A. Pikovsky, “Repulsively Coupled Kuramoto-Sakaguchi Phase Oscillators Ensemble Subject to Common Noise”, Chaos, Vol 29, Issue 3, Page 033127 (2019)
  8. C. C. Gong, N. I. Libeskind, E. Tempel, Q. Guo, S. Gottlöber, G. Yepes, P. Wang, J. Sorce and M. Pawlowski, “The Origin of Lopsided Satellite Galaxy Distribution in Galaxy Pairs”, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 488, Issue 3, Pages 3100--3108 (2019)
  9. C. C. Gong and S. Klumpp, “Modelling sRNA-Regulated Plasmid Maintenance”, PLoS ONE 12(1): e0169703 (2017)


  • Seminar on New Research in Energy System Modelling, Teaching Assistant, Technical University Berlin, 2021/2022 Winter Semester
  • Energy and Climate Change, Teaching Assistant, Technical University Berlin, 2020 Spring Semester
  • Python Programming, Teaching Assistant, University of Potsdam, 2017/2018 Winter Semester
  • Chaos Theory, Teaching Assistant, University of Potsdam, 2016 and 2017 Summer Semesters
  • Nonlinear Dynamics, Teaching Assistant, University of Potsdam, 2017 Summer Semester
  • Theoretical Physics II - Electrodynamics, Teaching Assistant, University of Potsdam, Oct. 2016 to Feb. 2017
  • Ph7 Physics Laboratory - Experiments in Atomic and Nuclear Physics, Lab Teaching Assistant, Caltech, Apr. 2012 to June 2012