Zachery D. Matesich

Zack Matesich

Assistant Professor - Chemistry

Office: Severance 222
Phone: 330-287-1977


  • B.A., The College of Wooster 2011
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign 2017

Courses Taught

  • CHEM 111: General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 211: Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 313: Advanced Organic Chemistry

Research Interests

Applications of flow chemistry.  Specifically explore the generation of reactive intermediates via photochemical or electrochemical means and their utility for organic synthesis.

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • ACS Division of Organic Chemistry
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their students, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
  • Sylvia Stoesser Fellowship
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Sigma Tau
  • POLYED Undergraduate Award for Achievement in Organic Chemistry
  • Elias Compton Freshman Prize
  • Herrick L. Johnston Scholarship in Chemistry


  • Denmark, S. E.; Matesich,  Z. D.; Nguyen, S. T.; Sephton, S. M. Catalytic Nucleophilic Allylation Driven by the Water–Gas Shift Reaction J. Org. Chem.2018, 83, 23–48.
  • Boroff, J. A.; Matesich, Z. D.; Canache Stuetzer, D.; Schmidtke Sobeck, S. J. Solvent impact on the photophysical properties and excited state behavior of p-aminobenzoic acids. J. Photochem. Photobio. A: Chem. 2015, 305, 60-66.
  • Denmark, S. E.; Matesich, Z. D. Catalytic, Nucleophilic Allylation of Aldehydes with 2-Substituted Allylic Acetates: Carbon–Carbon Bond Formation Driven by the Water–Gas Shift Reaction. J. Org. Chem 2014, 79, 5970-5986.


  •  “Catalytic, Nucleophilic Allylation of Aldehydes with 2-Substituted Allylic Acetates.” 27th Annual Beak-Pines Organic Area Allerton Conference 2013 (Poster)
  •  “Thermodynamic Analysis of the Intramolecular Charge Transfer in Butyl (4-Dimethylamino) Benzoate and Butyl 4-Aminobenzoate.”
    • American Chemical Society Spring Meeting, 2010. San Francisco. (Poster).
    • “Bridging Research Communities,” Carnegie Mellon University, 2010. (Poster).
    • “Summer Research Symposium,” The College of Wooster, 2009. (Poster).