- Academic Philosophy
- Degree Requirements
- Graduate Program
- Areas of Study
- Off Campus Study
- Internships & Career Services
- Academic Calendar
- Student Work
Ryan Bouldin is a new faculty member at COA in chemistry and mathematics. He recently received his doctorate from the department of chemical engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Ryanâ€™s graduate school research focused on utilizing enzymes to synthesize electrically conducting polymers and developing environmentally benign non-halogenated flame retardants from renewable resources. Prior to attending UML, Ryan completed a masterâ€™s degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University. He additionally holds bachelorâ€™s degrees in chemical engineering from Columbia University and a degree in chemistry from the University of the South.
His course offerings include sustainable material development, green chemistry, and a variety of engineering based topics.
Here at COA in conjunction with the U. Massachusetts Lowell, he plans to explore the use of naturally occurring polysaccharides as alternatives to nonylphenol ethoxylate surfactants.
Outside of school, Ryan is an avid rock climber, hiker, swimmer, and waterpolo player.
ES024Chemistry for Consumers
This class is designed to introduce the perspective from which chemists view their world. It begins with examining how life reflects properties of bio-molecules, moves to discussions of the chemistry of nutrition, cooking, agriculture and medicines. The class then shifts gears and discusses how the properties of useful materials such as metals, ceramics, polymers reflect their microscopic structures. Evaluations are based on participation in classes and labs and a final project. Offered every other year.
Level: Introductory. Prerequisites: none. Lab fee $20. *ES*
This is the first half of a two-term sequence designed to help students describe and understand properties of materials. The course first explores how our current pictures of atoms and molecules can explain physical properties of materials (state, color, density, specific heat). The course then uses such pictures to explain how materials behave when mixed together. What sorts of transformations occur? How fast do they occur? To what extent do they occur? Why do they occur? Course material is applied to better understand living systems, the natural environment, and industrial products. The course meets for three hours of lecture/discussion and for three hours of lab each week. Students are strongly urged to take both terms of this course. Those wishing a less rigorous chemistry course should take Chemistry for Consumers. Evaluations are based on class participation, lab reports, and quizzes. Offered every year. Level: Introductory. Lab fee: $75. *ES*
This is the second half of a two-term sequence designed to help students describe and understand properties of materials. This course begins with a survey of how the internal structure of atoms leads to the formation of different sorts of bonds between them. It then considers how weaker forces can arise between molecules and the sorts of physical phenomena that such forces explain. The class concludes by considering how to describe and explain the rates at which (and the extents to which) chemicals reactions occur and applies such descriptions and explanations to common types of reactions (acid/base and redox). Throughout the course, examples are drawn from living systems, the natural environment, and industrial products. The course meets for three hours of lecture/discussion and for three hours of lab each week. Chemistry 1 is a strongly recommended a prerequisite for this course. Evaluations are based on class participation, homework, midterm and final exams and a term project or paper. Level: Introductory. Lab fee: $60. *ES* *QR* Offered every year.
Industrial ecology examines the relationships between the production of material goods and the effect this process has on humans and the environment. We will systematically examine the process of material production from extraction, processing, production, distribution, and consumer use by quantifying material and energy flows through every step of the cradle to grave process. Students will examine their own carbon footprint as a small-scale model for understanding the complex balance between satisfying human needs and wants. We will also cover a variety of topics that in addition to life cycle assessment will help supplement our definition of a sustainable relationship between industry and the environment. These topics may include a survey of environmental concerns, aspects of risk assessment, survey of relevant policies and practices, and examination of industrial symbiosis. The course can be taken as a standalone introduction to the engineering and process of the materials pipeline or as a two term planning and practice course when coupled with Sustainable Material Design (ES561). Evaluations will be based on student participation, homework, and two projects.
Level: Introductory. Prerequisites: None. Class Limit: 15. Lab Fee: $15. *ES*
Do you want to understand how social networks can grow from almost nothing to over 100 million users seemingly overnight or are you concerned with how long nuclear waste must be stored before it is safe? Are you interested in understanding enzyme kinetics or how heat and air diffuse through your home? In this course, we will address these phenomena from a mathematical standpoint. Specifically we will develop mathematical models to predict and understand the behavior of physical and biological systems in our world. An emphasis will be placed on writing equations that govern the behavior of a given system and subsequently solving for and interpreting their solutions. Students will learn to solve differential equation by hand through a variety of analytical techniques and numerically with the computer algebra and graphics program, Maple. Evaluations will be based on weekly problems sets and two modeling projects during the term. Level: Intermediate, Prerequisites: Calculus I & II or equivalent; students are also strongly encouraged to have taken either an entry-level course in Physics, Chemistry, or Biology prior to enrollment. Class limit: 15. Lab fee: none. *ES* *QR*
ES561Sustainable Material Design
This course will look at designing safe, environmentally friendly materials from renewable resources. With a focus on polymers, we will delve into how one would begin the practice of developing a new product from initial raw material selection through processing/fabrication and into its afterlife as new material. Students will learn in-depth aspects of the chemical structure-property relationship of renewably sourced polymers (plastics), like natural rubber, starch/cellulose, poly(lactic acid), and poly(hydroxyalkonates). We will also examine the recent expansion of biorefineries and microbial fermentation as a means for the production of biobased commodity chemicals. By the end of the course, students should be able to evaluate target applications for renewably sourced materials and understand their potential human health and socioeconomic impacts. Chemical structures will be presented; therefore students will be expected to learn small portions of organic chemistry throughout the course. Evaluations will be based on class participation, a mid-term examination, and a final report and poster presentation. Level: Intermediate. Prerequisites: Chemistry I; a general course in economics concurrently or prior to enrollment will also be helpful. Class Limit: 20 Lab fee: $20. *ES*