Previous Degree: B.S. College of William & Mary, 2017
Ben’s interest in science straddles both experiment and theory. He spent a large portion of his undergraduate years synthesizing dye-doped conjugated polymer nanoparticles. He subsequently sought to understand energy transfer properties in the system upon photo-excitation through time-resolved UV-Vis and fluorescence spectroscopy. Fortuitously, the elegance of quantum mechanics profoundly struck him while he was performing the algebraic gymnastics of kinetic modeling. As a result, to satiate his mind, venturing into more sophisticated spectroscopy became imperative for his graduate career. Currently as a first-year graduate student he is learning the ropes of ultrafast laser spectroscopy, ultimately attempting to observe and utilize quantum coherence in chemical systems. Outside the laboratory, Ben enjoys looking back at science as a historical and societal endeavor. His fascination with theories of human language and culture also compels him to relish interactions and conversations of all kinds. You may often encounter him in the University Art Museum.