Matthew Rossler

Credentials: Chemistry MS, Spring 2021 (Yoon)

Professor Tehshik P. Yoon
Enantioselective Brønsted Acid Catalysis of [2+2] Photocycloadditions
Future Plans
I have a lot of big changes coming in the near future. My fiancé and I adopted a Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy that will be coming home at the end of May, so I will have my hands full with him. Our wedding is at the beginning of August here in Madison, which will be followed by an Alaskan honeymoon. After all of that excitement this summer, I will start a chemical industry job here in Madison.


  • Rossler et al. Au(I)-Catalyzed Synthesis of Trisubstituted Indolizines from 2-Propargyloxypyridines and Methyl Ketones.
    Organic Letters 2019 21 (14), 5591-5595
    DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.9b01929


Hometown: Newton, IA

I was born and raised in central Iowa, where there was a lot of opportunity to explore and develop a curiosity about how things work. My curiosities brought me to Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI. There, I majored in biochemistry and Spanish, but was unsure about what to do next. My first exposure to UW Madison was during an undergraduate chemistry seminar given by my future PI, Tehshik Yoon. His passion and profound knowledge of chemistry inspired me to deepen my understanding of the discipline, too. I am thankful to everyone who has coached me along the way and given me the support I needed to get where I am at today.


One of my favorite parts of being a chemistry graduate student here at UW Madison was the camaraderie I was able to build with fellow students in my cohort. We spent many nights and weekends in the chemistry building just being together while we worked, whether it was completing problem sets, grading lab reports, or studying for an upcoming test. We helped each other along, and I will never forget the relationships I made during my time here.

CONGRATULATIONS! to all of the U of W Chemistry graduate students, with a special shout-out to  Matthew David Rossler You make us very proud! Way to finish well, ALL of you! - Steve, Joanne, and Jordan Rossler

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