Ben graduated from Caltech with a PhD in chemistry. He received his BS in chemistry from the University of Washington, where his research focused on the electrocatalytic reduction of dioxygen using iron porphyrins. His Caltech reseach examined the role of secondary interactions in the binding and reduction of carbon dioxide, nitrate and nitrite. Specifically, synthesis and study of bimetallic complexes for use as molecular electrocatalysts and photocatalyts. He aimed to increase our understanding of the interactions that lead to selective reduction of more complex substrates in the presence of protons towards the development of improved catalysts for the conversion of carbon dioxide to liquid fuels.
Ben is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at Stanford.
RSI Research: Reducing Alternative Substrates in a Sea of Protons: The Role of Lewis Acids in the Selective Reduction of Carbon Dioxide, Nitrite and Nitrate