Esser-Kahn Group

Changing the world, one site at a time…

Principal Investigator: Aaron P. Esser-Kahn

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Contact Information:

University of California, Irvine
3038A Frederick Reines Hall
Department of Chemistry
Irvine, CA 92697

Phone: (949) 824-4936


University of California, Irvine
Assistant Professor of Chemistry


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Scholar with Jeffrey S. Moore


University of California, Berkeley
Graduate Research with Professor Matthew B. Francis


California Institute of Technology
Undergraduate Research with David Tirrell

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Personal Story:

Aaron was born and raised in Bloomfield Hills, MI. He may tell you that he is from Detroit, but he is not.. He attended the Cranbrook educational community from grades K-12. He traveled west to study chemistry at the California Institute of Technology where he first developed a taste for boundary breaking research in the Tirrell lab. After completing his degree, he traveled north to Berkeley for a PhD in chemistry as part of the collaborative Chemical-Biology Program and the Francis lab. Inspired by the work of the Autonomous Materials Systems group at UIUC, Aaron once again traveled back to the midwest to learn about truly interdisciplinary research. Aaron is thrilled to begin his independent career as part of the University of California, Irvine.