About Cantera

Cantera is an open source scientific computing project, that allows users to quickly and efficiently incorporate and execute fundamental thermodynamic, chemical kinetic, and species transport calculations in their work. This can be achieved by interactive calls to core Cantera functions, incorporating these calls into bespoke code or software, or by using any of the solvers or examples distributed with the Cantera software package.

Cantera was originally started by Prof. David G. Goodwin at the California Institute of Technology. Building on Prof. Goodwin’s legacy, Cantera is licensed under a permissive 3-Clause BSD license, ensuring that the software will remain available for all to use.

Cantera is developed openly on GitHub. Contributions are welcomed from anyone in the community; please see the Contributors guide for assistance in getting started.

All online and in-person interactions and communications related to Cantera are governed by the Cantera Code of Conduct. This code of conduct sets expectations for the community to ensure that users and contributors are able to participate in a respectful and welcoming environment.

Steering Committee

The role of the steering committee is to ensure the long-term health of the Cantera project. This includes overseeing the development of the Cantera code and community in a way that most benefits the entire community of users and contributors. The steering committee can be contacted at steering@cantera.org The current steering committee (in alphabetical order) is:

  • Steven DeCaluwe, Colorado School of Mines
  • C. Franklin Goldsmith, Brown University
  • Kyle Niemeyer, Oregon State University
  • Raymond Speth, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Bryan Weber, University of Connecticut
  • Richard West, Northeastern University

Citing Cantera

If you use Cantera in a publication, we would appreciate if you cited the version of Cantera that you used. This helps to improve the reproducibility of your work, as well as giving credit to the many authors who have contributed their time to developing Cantera. The recommended citation for Cantera is as follows:

David G. Goodwin, Harry K. Moffat, and Raymond L. Speth. Cantera: An object- oriented software toolkit for chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, and transport processes. http://www.cantera.org, 2017. Version 2.3.0. doi:10.5281/zenodo.170284

The following BibTeX entry may also be used:

   author = "David G. Goodwin and Harry K. Moffat and Raymond L. Speth",
   title = "Cantera: An Object-oriented Software Toolkit for Chemical
            Kinetics, Thermodynamics, and Transport Processes",
   year = 2017,
   note = "Version 2.3.0",
   howpublished = "\url{http://www.cantera.org}",
   doi = {10.5281/zenodo.170284}

If you are using a different version of Cantera, update the version and year fields accordingly.


Cantera is a fiscally sponsored project of NumFOCUS, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting the open source scientific computing community. If you have found Cantera to be useful to your research or company, please consider making a donation to support our efforts. All donations will be used exclusively to fund the development of Cantera’s source code, documentation, or community.

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