Ben was born right here in New Brunswick and has been a NJ resident for most of his life. He did his undergraduate research here in the Li Group, the focus of which was finding MOFs to employ as heterogeneous catalysts. Ben completed his undergraduate studies at Rutgers University in 2012, earning a B.A. in Chemistry. He officially joined the Li group later that year after being accepted into the Ph.D. program and continues his quest of finding MOF catalysts for both carbon dioxide reduction and water splitting reactions. He is currently in his fifth year.