Dr. Lifeng Zhao joined the Energy Technology Innovation Policy (ETIP) research group of Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government as a research fellow in September 2006. She earned her PhD in Engineering Thermophysics from the Institute of Engineering Thermophysics (IET) at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2000 and worked for the institute as an associate professor before she came to Harvard University. Her research focused on optimization and integration of energy-power systems including humid air turbine, integrated gasification combined cycle, and coal gasification-based co-production. Also she worked on roadmap for the development of coal gasification-based co-production technology in China. Her third research interest was on hydrogen production from carbonaceous energy resources. She has been the academic assistant to the Experts Group on Clean Coal Technology for the Ministry of Science & Technology of China during the Tenth Five-Year Plan. Currently, her research focuses on advanced coal technology and related policies that promote the development and deployment of these technologies in China.