Hai was an undergraduate researcher in the Borguet Group during the Summer of 2005. During this time, he was introduced to the topic of Fluorescence Labeling of Surface Species (FLOSS). Hai graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Hartwick College. Upon graduation Hai explored the pharmaceutical industry for a short period of time. Then he decided to attend graduate school at Boston College. At BC, he pursued the developments of palladium catalyzed organic transformations. He recently earned his Ph.D at Boston College and accepted a research position at Adesis Inc. in New Castle, Delaware.