Ben started at the University of Minnesota as a major in Chinese, but quickly switched to Chemical Engineering and received his B.S. in 2003. Ben received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 2007 after studying the synthesis and properties of silver nanostructures with Younan Xia in the department of chemistry at the University of Washington in Seattle. His work on silver nanowires was licensed to Cambrios, which is currently marketing silver nanowire based touch-screens. Ben subsequently worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of George Whitesides in the department of chemistry at Harvard University, primarily focusing on paper diagnostics, plasmonics, and nanoskiving. Ben started as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Duke University in 2009. His work focuses on the production, properties, and applications of metal nanostructures. To date he has published 57 papers with over 5800 citations, has 5 patent applications, and an NSF CAREER award. He co-founded NanoForge Corp. in 2010 to commercialize his work with copper-based nanowires.