Ryan Bouldin

  • Associate Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences
  • Department Chair, Bentley University
  • Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Masters of Engineering Tufts University
  • Bachelors of Science Columbia University
  • Bachelors of Science University of the South

Teaching Interests

Chemistry of Sustainable Products, Industrial Ecology, Sustainable Product Development, Science of Sustainability, Plastics

Research Interests

Utilization of natural materials to create value added products through Green Chemistry. Enzymatic Polymerization, Green Polymer Chemistry, Sustainable Product Development

Consulting/Practice Interests

Sustainable Product Development, Green Chemistry, Biobased Materials

Bio

Ryan M. Bouldin holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with an emphasis in Green Chemistry. He believes strongly that his work reflects more than just mixing chemicals to make new materials. While the goal of creating new materials is to incorporate them into new products, he believes those products should be nourishing to the communities that both create and use them. They must be safe and effective for both workers and consumers. This creates demand up supply chains for materials and processes that are ethical, economically viable, and beneficial for people and the planet. This belief is the philosophy of his work at Bentley.

Professional Memberships

  • Biobased Maine (Formerly Sustainable Bioplastics Council of Maine) 2013 - Present
  • International Society of Industrial Ecology 2013 - Present
  • American Chemical Society 2006 - Present
  • Awards and Honors

  • 2016, Champion of Toxic Use Reduction Award, Toxics Use Reduction Institute
  • 2016, Massachusetts State Senate Official Citation, Massachusetts State Senate
  • 2016, Recognition from Massachusetts House of Representatives, Massachusetts House of Representatives
  • Publications

    Journal Articles


  • Papammagari, L., Agnihotra, S., Manohar, N., Bouldin, R. M., Manohar, S. (2021). Nanostructured Polyanilines using the H2O2/CaCl2 Oxidant System. Macromolecules.
  • Wilzcek, E. R., Iliff, S., Harris, R., Bouldin, R. M., Stoner, E. (2020). Evidence of microplastics from benthic jellyfish (Cassiopea xamachana) in Florida estuaries . Marine Pollution Bulletin.
  • Bouldin, R. M., Meldrum, H., Hartigan, D. B., McCormick, J., Coloma Gonzalez, V. (2020). Attitudes and behaviors concerning exposures to toxic chemicals towards a vulnerable population: An environment health and risk-perception survey of Massachusetts childcare providers. Children, Youth, and Environments, (30) 2 147-164. (Link)
  • Bouldin, R. M., Folchman-Wagner, Z. (2019). Chemistry of Sustainable Products: Filling the business void in green chemistry curricula . Journal of Chemical Education.
  • Bouldin, R. M., Xia, Z., Klement, T. J., Kiratitanavit, W., Nagarajan, R. (2017). Bioinspired flame retardant polymers of Tyrosol. Journal of Applied Polymer Science. (Link)
  • Mohd Aris, Z., Bouldin, R. M., Pelletier, M. G., Gaines, P., Budhlall, B., Nagarajan, R. (2016). Microwave-assisted synthesis and characterization of hydrophilically functionalized polygalacturonic acid. Carbohydrate Polymers, (155) 432-439. (Link)
  • Maltese, A., Danish, J., Bouldin, R. M., Harsh, J., Bryan, B. (2015). What are students doing during lecture? Evidence from new technologies to capture student activity. International Journal of Research & Method in Education/Taylor & Francis. (Link)
  • Bouldin, R. M., Hall, G. J., Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Ledley, F. D. (2015). Connecting Business and STEM Education Through Undergraduate Research. Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly, (35) 4 17-24. (Link)
  • Bouldin, R. M., Singh, A., Magaletta, M., Connor, S., Kumar, J., Nagarajan, R. (2014). Biocatalytic Synthesis of Fluorescent Conjugated Indole Oligomers. Bioengineering. (Link)
  • Bouldin, R. M., Urban, N., Ponrathnam, T., Kokil, A., Kumar, J., Samuelson, L. A., Nagarajan, R. (2014). Biocatalyic synthesis of unusually photoluminescent oligomers and electrically conducting polymers of 4-(3-pyrrolyl)butyric acid. Journal of Applied Polymer Science. (Link)
  • Ravichandran, S., Nagarajan, S., Kokil, A., Ponrathnam, T., Bouldin, R. M., Bruno, F., Samuelson, L. A., Kumar, J., Nagarajan, R. (2012). Micellar Nanoreactors for Hematin Catalyzed Synthesis of Electrically Conducting Polypyrrole. Langmuir / ACS Publications, (28) 37 13380-13386.
  • Ravichandran, S., Bouldin, R. M., Kumar, J., Nagarajan, R. (2011). A Renewable Waste Material for the Synthesis of a Novel Non-Halogenated Flame Retardant Polymer. Journal of Cleaner Production / Elsevier, (19) 5 454-458.
  • Bouldin, R. M., Kyriazidis, L., Fidler, A., Ravichandran, S., Kumar, J., Samuelson, L. A., Nagarajan, R. (2011). Oxidoreductase catalyzed polymerization of 3-methylpyrrole. Journal of Macromolecular Science. Part A - Pure and Applied Chemistry / Taylor & Francis, (48) 12 976-982.
  • Bouldin, R. M., Ravichandran, S., Kokil, A., Garhwal, R., Nagarajan, S., Kumar, J., Bruno, F., Samuelson, L. A., Nagarajan, R. (2011). Synthesis of polypyrrole with fewer structural defects using enzyme catalysis. Synthetic Metals / Elsevier, (161) 15-16 1611-1617.
  • Tewari, A., Kokil, A., Ravichandran, S., Nagarajan, S., Bouldin, R. M., Nagarajan, R., Kumar, J. (2010). Soybean Peroxidase Catalyzed Enzymatic Synthesis of Pyrrole-EDOT Copolymers. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics / Wiley, (211) 14 1610-1617.

    Book Chapters


  • Bouldin, R. M., Kokil, A., Ravichandran, S., Nagarajan, S., Kumar, J., Bruno, F., Samuelson, L. A., Nagarajan, R. (2010). Enzymatic Synthesis of Electrically Conducting Polymers: A Review In , (Eds.) ACS Symposium Series – Green Polymer Chemistry: Biocatalysis and Biopolymers. 315-341. American Chemical Society

  • Other(s)


  • Bouldin, R. M. (2016). Childcare Guide to Safer Alternatives: A purchasing guide to reduce exposure to flame retardants and phthalatesToxic Use Reduction Agency. (Link)
  • Presentations

  • Kulkarni, S., St. Cyr, J., Xia, Z., Bouldin, R. M., Giaya, A., Kumar, J., Nagarajan, R., Mosurkal, R. (2019). “A Simple Surface Functionalization Method for Multifunctional Textiles with Flame and Vector Protection” Presented at the United States Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Washington, DC
  • Bouldin, R. M., Buttafuoco, N. (2018). “Exploration of tunable melanin-like polymers obtained through biocatalysis” Presented at the American Chemical Society Fall 2018 ACS National Meeting & Expo Boston, MA
  • Bouldin, R. M. (2018). “Chemistry of Sustainable Products: A nonmajor course for business students” Presented at the American Chemical Society 22nd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference Portland, Oregon
  • Bouldin, R. M., Kiszewski, A. E., Wu, S., Vellante, A., Riveroll Usabiaga, A. (2018). “Schiff base mosquito repellents derived from common botanical sources” Presented at the American Chemical Society 22nd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference Portland, Oregon
  • Bouldin, R. M. (2017). “Biocatalytic Polymerization Reactions” Presented at the Gordon Research Conference Gordon Research Conference on Polymers South Hadley, MA
  • Bouldin, R. M., Hartigan, D. B., Coloma Gonzalez, V. (2017). “Attitudes and behaviors concerning exposures to toxic chemicals towards a vulnerable population: An environment health and risk-perception survey of Massachusetts childcare providers” Presented at the National Society for Science and the Environment 17th National Conference & Global Forum on Science, Policy, and the Environment: Integrating Environment and Health Washington, DC
  • Bouldin, R. M., Hartigan, D. B., Coloma Gonzalez, V. (2016). “Avoiding the introduction of toxic chemicals to early education environments ” Presented at the Bentley University 2016 Bentley Research Colloquium - The Business of Healthcare: Research, Opportunity, and Innovation Bentley University
  • Bouldin, R. M., Coloma Gonzalez, V. (2016). “Detoxifying Early Childhood Education Avoiding the introduction of toxic chemicals to early education environments” Presented at the Toxic Use Reduction Institute 2016 Champions of Toxics Use Reduction Award Ceremony Massachusetts State House
  • Bouldin, R. M., Friedlander, J., Stagg, M. (2015). “Technology road mapping: An ideal time to implement green chemistry and sustainability metrics?” Presented at the American Chemistry Society 19th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference Bethesda, Maryland
  • Klement, T. J., Bouldin, R. M. (2015). “Preliminary Economic Analysis of Biobased Lignin-like Flame Retardants” Presented at the Toxic Use Reduction Institue and State of Massachusetts Toxic Use Reduction Institute Greener Materials Symposium Lowell, MA
  • Bouldin, R. M. (2014). “Green Chemistry Session” Presented at the American Chemical Society Southeastern Regional Meeting Nashville, TN
  • Bouldin, R. M., Nagaragan, R. (2014). “Sustainable routes to fluorescence based environmental and biological sensors” Presented at the American Chemical Society Southeastern Regional Meeting Nashville, TN
  • Bouldin, R. M. (2014). “Utilizing Green Chemistry for Creating New Products” Presented at the Bentley University Bentley Research Symposium United States
  • Bouldin, R. M., Maltese, A. (2013). “Pedagogical techniques in lecture and their effects on student engagement” Presented at the American Chemical Society American Chemical Society National Meeting Indianapolis, IN
  • Bouldin, R. M. (2013). “Interdisciplinary Applications of Green Chemistry” Presented at the Bentley University Bentley Research Symposium
  • Service

    Department Service


  • Committee Member for Health Informatics Search Committee 2021 - Present
  • Committee Member for Health Services Search Committee 2021 - Present
  • Committee Member for NAS Assessment and Assurance of Learning 2017 - Present
  • Committee Chair for Curriculum Committee 2014 - Present
  • Committee Member for Facilities and Equipment 2013 - Present
  • Committee Member for Staff Search Committee Member (Laboratory Coordinator) 2017 - 2017
  • Committee Member for Faculty Search Committee (Lecturer - Biology/Health) 2017 - 2017
  • Committee Member for Faculty Search Committee (Lecturer - Earth/Environment) 2017 - 2017
  • Committee Member for Faculty Search Committee for NAS Energy Position 2016 - 2017
  • Committee Member for Jennison Science Renovation Planning 2014 - 2017
  • Mentor (Faculty) for NAS Department Recruiting at New Student Orientation 2015 - 2015
  • Representative for Department for Majors and Minors Fair - Student Centered Activities - 2014
  • Committee Member for Tenure Track Heath Psychology Search Committee 2013 - 2014
  • Student Recruiter for the department for Major and Minor Fair - Student Centered Activity 2013 - 2013
  • University Service


  • Committee Member for Culture and Values Strategic Positioning Committee 2021 - Present
  • Department Chair for Natural and Applied Sciences 2021 - Present
  • Committee Member for Task Force 5.0 Subcommittee on Focal Area 2 Implementation 2021 - Present
  • Committee Member for Level III Conduct Board 2018 - Present
  • Program Organizer for Liberal Studies Major Coordinator for Earth, Environment, and Global Sustaianbility 2018 - Present
  • Mentor (Faculty) for Bentley Climbing Club 2016 - Present
  • Committee Member for Delongchamp Fund Committee 2018 - 2021
  • Associate Director for Bentley Honors Program 2020 - 2021
  • Committee Member for Taskforce 4.0 Curriculum Subcommittee on A&S Breadth 2020 - 2021
  • Committee Member for Bentley Learning and Teaching Council 2017 - 2019
  • Task Force Member for Bentley Beliefs Working Group 2018 - 2019
  • Committee Member for Teaching and Scholarly Activities Committee 2016 - 2018
  • Mentor (Faculty) for Faculty-Athletic Team Advisor - Men's Lacrosse 2016 - 2018
  • Project Reviewer for Honors Capstone Award Reviewer 2017 - 2017
  • Committee Member for Planning Committee - Research Colloquium 2015 - 2015
  • Committee Member for Track Chair - Bentley Research Colloquium 2015 - 2015
  • Committee Member for Research Colloquium 2014 - 2014
  • Professional Service


  • Committee Member for United Nations Environment Programme 2019 - Present
  • Editor, Journal for Public Library of Science (PLOS) - PLOS ONE 2018 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Cleaner Production 2016 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (ACS Publications) 2015 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Chemical Physics Letters (Elsevier) 2015 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Biomacromolcules (ACS Publications) 2014 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Applied Polymer Science 2014 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Renewable Materials 2014 - Present
  • Board of Directors of a Company for Environmental Health Strategy Center (EHSC) 2013 - Present
  • Member of Science Advisory Council for Environmental Health Strategy Center (EHSC) 2013 - Present
  • Invited Lecture/Presentation for University of Massachusetts Lowell - 2017
  • Reviewer, Grant Proposal for National Science Foundation Panel Review - 2017
  • Committee Member for Doctoral Dissertation Committee 2015 - 2017
  • Reviewer, Conference Paper for International Society of Industrial Ecologist 2016 - 2016