Rong was born and raised in Ma'anshan, China. Rong did his Ph.D. study at MIT, where he worked in the lab of Prof. Steve Buchwald. His graduate research focused on transition metal-catalyzed alkene transformations, including copper-catalyzed enantioselective lactonization reactions via radicals. After he obtained Ph.D. degree in 2015, he performed postdoctoral research with Prof. Tim Swager. In the Swager lab he worked on diverse topics at the interface between chemistry, materials and engineering, including RFID sensors, responsive polymers and anion recognition.
Rong did his undergraduate research in Profs. Zhen Yang and Jiahua Chen's lab at Peking University, China, where he studied the total synthesis of natural macrolactams. During the sophomore year he spent a summer working in the lab of Prof. John Wolfe at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Rong started his independent career at College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University in March 2018.
Rong enjoys playing basketball and is a Celtics fan since high school.