Aaron Socha

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Director of Center for Sustainable Energy


Aaron has taught chemistry at BCC since 2011, and started as Director of CSE in 2013. His early career focused on drug discovery where he performed structure elucidation and synthesis of several classes of naturally occurring antibiotics. The compounds were isolated from marine microbes, synthetically optimized and subsequently evaluated against clinical pathogens.  As an NSF postdoctoral fellow at Brown University, Aaron researched microbial lignin catabolism and lipid biosynthesis where he developed a fascination with biodiesel fuel and green chemistry.   He now works on biofuel processes involving ionic liquids and catalysts derived from biomass waste streams. At CSE he administers the solar/photovoltaic training program under two NYSERDA awards, and leads BCC's $9M CUNY 2020 award to develop a sustainable fuel and product development lab. Aaron received his BS from Fordham University and his PhD from University of Rhode Island under David Rowley and currently teaches Organic Chemistry and Sustainability, Energy and the Green Economy. He enjoys competitive squash and recreational surfing.