Beng was born in Lobe Estate, Cameroon but grew up predominantly in Kuk village (Northwest Province). His passion for chemistry was aroused by a Peace Corps volunteer, Mr. Maki Bob, who was his favourite chemistry instructor at secondary school level. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Buea, Cameroon before moving to East Tennessee State University for graduate studies in 2003. Working on the "Kinetics and Mechanism of the Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide by Schiff Base Complexes of Copper (II)", he graduated with an MS Chemistry degree in 2004 under the joint supervision of Professors Jeff Wardeska and Thomas Huang. He then began doctoral research at Emory University in 2005 in the area of theoretical physical chemistry, working with Professor Joel Bowman. In 2007, Beng transferred to the University of Arkansas and continued doctoral research in physical organic chemistry, studying the "Dynamics of Enantiomerization, Stoichiometric and Catalytic Resolution of Selected Organolithium Species" under the guidance of Professor Bob Gawley. Upon graduating in 2011, he joined the U of A staff and was instructor of Sophomore level Organic Chemistry 1 and 2 courses. Beng left Arkansas in 2012 for the University of California, Berkeley as an NIH postdoctoral fellow where he is currently working on the total synthesis of selected complex natural products under the mentorship of Professor Richmond Sarpong.
Email: tbeng at berkeley dot edu