Kelvin was born in Southern California but was raised in Charleston, South Carolina. In 2002, he received a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of South Carolina, where he was mentored in the field of polymer chemistry by Prof. Uwe Bunz. He received his Ph.D. from MIT in 2008 under the direction of Prof. Stephen Buchwald, where he conducted research in synthetic organometallic chemistry. After serving as a visiting scientist for one year at the MIT-Affiliated Charles Stark Draper Laboratories with Prof. Heather Clark (Nanotechnology/Biomedical Engineering), he began his postdoctoral studies at Stanford University with Prof. Paul Wender (Medicinal Chemistry) and Prof. Daniel Spielman (Radiology). Kelvin joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at San Francisco State University as an assistant professor in the Fall of 2013. After 4 wonderful years at SFSU, Kelvin moved to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at California State University, Fullerton. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2020.