Ben completed a Doctor of Philosophy (Chemistry) at the University of Wollongong in 2011 after investigating the free radical driven oxidation of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons using distonic radical ion analogues with Prof. Stephen Blanksby (Queensland University of Technology) and Dr. Adam Trevitt (University of Wollongong). He continued this research as an Associate Research Fellow until 2013 when he accepted a Postdoctoral Research Scholar position at the Advanced Light Source (LBNL) working with the guidance of Dr. Kevin Wilson. In this role, he continues to probe gas phase radicals, however, this current research involves developing a fundamental understanding of the mechanism and rate of molecular growth in cold environments, such as that encountered in the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. These experiments employ a pulsed Laval nozzle photoionization mass spectrometer coupled to the chemical dynamics beamline (9.0.2) at the Advanced Light Source.
His broader scientific interests include revealing the mechanisms of organic radical reactions by experiment and theory; free radicals in atmospheric chemistry and combustion; developing mass spectrometric and photochemistry based techniques for analysis of free radical reactions; and software development for scientific infrastructure.