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Chemistry Department

Nathan Lien, Ph.D.
Nathan Lien
Chemistry - Associate Professor

(507) 457-1558

Nathan Lien is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Nathan teaches General Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis. His research interests include environmental chemistry and materials chemistry. Outside of work, Nathan is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys backpacking, rock climbing, and wilderness canoeing.

Courses Recently Taught at SMU
General Chemistry I and Lab
General Chemistry II & Lab
Analytical Chemistry I (Quantitative Analysis)
Analytical Chemistry II (Instrumental Analysis)
Chemistry Research

Ph.D., University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 2007
B.A., Wartburg College, Waverly, IA, 2003

Teaching and Research Experience
2010-Present: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
2008-2010: Visiting Assistant Professor, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
2007-2008: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
2005-2007: Graduate Research Assistant, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
2003-2005: Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Professional Organizations
American Chemical Society
Midwestern Association of Chemistry Teachers in Liberal Arts College

Bodsgard, B. R.; Johnson, T. A.; Kugel, R. W.; Lien, N.R.; Mueller, J. A.; Martin, D. J. “Organizing a High School Chemistry Outreach Event: Celebrating National Chemistry Week and the International Year of Chemistry” J. Chem. Ed. 2011, 88, 1347-1350.

Woodburn, G. R.; Lien, N. R.; Hoppe, A.; Jahng,Y; Telford, J. R. “Complexation and structure of anthranilic acid-derived N,N,O-terdentate ligands” J. Coord. Chem. 2010, 63, 185-195.

Lien, N. R.; Telford, J. R. “An Investigation of the Inclusion Complex of β-Cyclodextrin with N-methyl Anthranilic Acid in the Solid State” Carbohydr. Res. 2009, 344, 2606-2608.

Vanka, K.; Houndonougbo, Y.; Lien, N.R.; Harris, J. M.; Farmen, L. M.; Johnson, D. W.; Laird, B. B.; Thompson, W. H. “Computational modeling of ligands for water purification nanocoatings.” In NSTI Nanotech, Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, Technical Proceedings, Boston, MA, United States, June 1-5, 2008 2008, 3, 659-661.

Lien, N. R.; Timmons, M. A.; Belkin, G. J. H.; Holst, J. R.; Janzen, M. L.; Kanthasamy, R.; Lin, W.; Mubayi, A.; Perring, M., I.; Rupert, L. M.; Saha, A.; Schoenfeldt, N. J.; Sokolov, A. N.; Telford, J. R. “Effects of counter-ion size on solid state structures of M2+ (Nitrilotriacetate) complexes.” Inorg. Chim. Acta 2005, 358, 1284-1288.

Prudden, A. R.; Lien, N. R.; Telford, J. R. “An outer-sphere ligand for uranyl carbonate.” Chem. Comm. 2004, 172-173.