Nate Boland

Assistant Professor (Analytical Chemistry)

Hall of Science 374
(509) 527-5906 (phone) (509) 527-5904 (fax)

Bio

In 2012, Professor Boland joined the Department of Chemistry at Whitman as an Assistant Professor of Analytical Chemistry. He primarily teaches General Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis and Chemical Equilibrium. 

His interest in analytical, environmental, and aquatic chemistry began early. In high school, he worked as a summer intern at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute working in a biogeochemistry lab that studied the interplay between marsh ecosystems and nutrient pollution in the coastal estuaries of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He continued his career in chemistry at Colby College in Waterville, Maine where he earned a B.A. in Chemistry. His undergraduate honors thesis research project developed a flow injection analysis technique for quantifying sub-nanomolar superoxide concentrations. Superoxide is a reactive oxygen species that plays a significant role in redox cycling in sunlit natural waters.

After Colby, he joined the South Louisiana Teach For America corps because he was compelled by a sense of responsibility to serve students who, through no fault of their own, had fewer opportunities to succeed academically. He taught high school chemistry at Scotlandville Magnet High School in Baton Rouge for three years (two with Teach For America and an additional year on my own). His time at Scotlandville was an immensely rewarding experience and continues to motivate him to provide opportunities for under-served students. While at Scotlandville, he discovered my passion for teaching. He knew that he wanted to become a professor at a liberal arts college where teaching and research scholarship were priorities, so he left Scotlandville to attend graduate school in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. There he studied Environmental Chemistry with Dr. Alan Stone. His graduate research examined kinetics and mechanisms of reactions that are relevant to the mobilization of heavy metals in soils. In particular, he developed and deployed capillary electrophoresis methods for examining the dynamics of nickel-chelating agent speciation. Immediately after defending his doctoral dissertation, he moved to Washington to be a visiting assistant professor of analytical chemistry at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2011
  • B.A. Chemistry (A.C.S.), Colby College, Waterville, ME, 2001
  • CHEM 125/126 - General Chemistry
  • CHEM 135/136 - General Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 240 - Quantitative Analysis and Chemical Equilibrium
  • CHEM 320 - Instrumental Methods of Analysis (as sabbatical replacement)
  • CHEM 388 - Environmental Chemistry and Engineering (as sabbatical replacement)
  • CHEM 432 - Capillary Electrophoresis (offered every other year)

The broad goals of my research program are to develop chemical knowledge that will help us to predict the dynamics of nutrient and toxic metal bioavailablility and mobility in the environment and to develop analytical methods that will enhance our ability to explore the kinetics and mechanism of governing reactions.

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Peer-Reviewed Articles

Boland, N.E.; Stone, A.T. Rates of Nickel(II) Capture from Complexes with NTA, EDDA, and Related Tetradentate Chelating Agents by the Hexadentate Chelating Agents EDTA and CDTA: Evidence of a "semijunctive" ligand exchange pathway. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta. 2017212, 176-195 doi:10.1016/j.gca.2017.06.003 (Free to read here until Aug. 16, 2017)

Boland, N.E.; Stone, A.T. Capillary electrophoresis facilitates determination of metal complex stoichiometry by Job’s method of continuous variation. Environ. Chem. 2013, 10, 409. doi:10.1071/EN13103

Dissertations/Theses

Boland, N.E. Nickel and Chelating Agent Speciation by Capillary Electrophoresis: Exploration of pathways, rates and structure-reactivity relationships pertaining to exchange reactions. Johns Hopkins University: Baltimore, MD, 2011.

Boland, N. E.; King, D.W. Flow Injection Analysis of Superoxide in Aqueous Solution: A quantitative determination using the chemiluminescent probe MCLA. Senior Honors Thesis. Chemistry Department, Colby College, Waterville, ME, 2001.

Other Publications

Boland, N. E. Inspiring a New Generation of Chemists. inChemistry Magazine, March/February 2003, pg 21-23.

Maddin, B.; Boland, N. Teaching for Results: Secondary Chemistry, 1st Edition. New York, NY: The New Teacher Project, Inc., 2003.

Posters/Talks (*student author)

Rea, L.*; Boland, N.E. Modeling the Kinetics of Trace Metal Ion Speciation: The influence of calcium ion on disjunctive ligand exchange. Abstracts of Papers, 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting. San Francisco, CA, April 2017. (poster)

Wildman, A.*; Boland, N.E. The Influence of a Metal Oxide Surface on Ligand Exchange Reactions between Strong Chelating Agents. Abstracts of Papers, 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting. San Diego, CA, March 2016. (poster)

Xu, Y.*; Boland, N.E. The Influence of a Metal Oxide Surface on Ligand Exchange Reactions between Strong Chelating Agents. Abstracts of Papers, 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting. San Diego, CA, March 2016. (poster)

Boland, N.E.; Stone, A.T.; Nelson, T.*; Wildman, A.*; Harned, M.*; Xu, Y.* Structure-reactivity relationships for multidentate ligand exchange reaction pathways. Chemistry Department Seminar, Eastern Washington University, February 10, 2016 (talk)

Boland, N.E.; Stone, A.T.; Nelson, T.*; Harned, M.V.*; Wildman, A.*  Adjunctive, Disjunctive and “Interjunctive”? Influence of ligand structure on kinetic pathways of ligand exchange. Abstracts of Papers, 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting. Denver, CO, March 2015. (talk)

Conrad, J.P.*; Boland, N.E. The Influence of a Metal Oxide Surface on Ligand Exchange Reactions between Strong Chelating Agents. Abstracts of Papers, 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting. Denver, CO, March 2015. (poster)

Harned, M.V.*; Nelson, T.*; Boland, N.E. Influence of pH on Ligand Exchange Rate with Phosphonate-Containing Chelating Agents Abstracts of Papers, 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting. Denver, CO, March 2015. (poster)

Hinkle, S.M.*; Boland, N.E.  The use of CYCLAM and other tetraamines to probe the mechanism of surface-influenced ligand exchange. Abstracts of Papers, 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting. Denver, CO, March 2015. (poster)

Nelson, T.*; Boland, N.E. Influence of Lewis base identity on rates of ligand exchange. Abstracts of Papers, 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting. Dallas, TX, April 2014. (poster)

Stone, A.T.; Boland, N.E.; Carbonaro, R.F. Chelating Agent Selection From A Kinetic Perspective:  New Insights From Capillary Electrophoresis.  3rd Annual American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute Roundtable, 17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, North Bethesda, MD, June 19, 2013. (poster)

Boland, N.E.; Stone, A.T. Capillary Electrophoresis-Based Methods for Determining Metal Ion and Chelating Agent Speciation, and Their Use in Environmental Chemistry. 17th International Symposium on Electro- and Liquid Phase-separation Techniques. Baltimore, MD, August 2010. (poster, talk)

Boland, N.E.; Stone, A.T. Nickel Exchange Reactions: Effect of chelating agent functional groups and structure on pathways and rates. Gordon Conference on Environmental Sciences: Water. Holderness School, Holderness, NH, June 2010. (poster)

Boland, N.E.; Stone, A.T. Chelating Agent Capture of Nickel in Heterogeneous Media: Structure-reactivity relationships. Abstracts of Papers, 238th American Chemical Society National Meeting. Washington, DC, August 2009. (talk)

Boland, N.E.; Stone, A.T. Chelating Agents, Surfaces, and Nickel: Structure-Reactivity Relationships. Chemodynamics of Ecosystems. Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland, October 2008. (poster)

Boland, N.E.; Stone, A.T. Siderophores, surfaces, and metals: How siderophore structure affects exchange rates. Abstracts of Papers, 236th American Chemical Society National Meeting. Philadelphia, PA, August 2008. (talk)

Boland, N.E.; Stone, A.T.; Chaney, R.L. Yehuda, Z. Phytosiderophore Speciation by Capillary Electrophoresis. Gordon Conference on Environmental Bioinorganic Chemistry. Proctor Academy, Andover, NH, June 2006. (poster)

King, D.W.; Boland, N.E. An Exploratory Summer Research Program: Creating opportunities for under-represented high school students and their teachers. Abstracts of Papers, 225th American Chemical Society National Meeting. New Orleans, LA, March 2003. (poster)

Bazille, C.;* Jackson, S.;* Boland, N.E.; King, D.W. Superoxide Detection in Surface Waters of Maine Lakes. Sigma Xi Student Research Conference. Galveston, TX, November 2002. (poster)

Boland, N. E.; King, D.W. Flow Injection Analysis of Superoxide in Aqueous Solution: A quantitative determination using the chemiluminescent probe MCLA. Abstracts of Papers, 219th American Chemical Society National Meeting. San Diego, CA, March 2001. (poster)