• Professor of Chemistry


  • Bachelor of Arts, Bard College, 1977
  • Master of Science, Yale University, 1979
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1982
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Rockefeller University, 1982-84


Research Interests:
Mechanistic and synthetic organic photochemistry; metalloenzyme mimics

Organic Chemistry


  • "Ab Initio Structures for 90°-Twisted s-trans-1,3-Butadienes and Cyclooctatetraene:  The Naked sp2-sp2 Bond” D. Feller, N.C. Craig A.R. Matlin, J Phys. Chem A 2008, 112, 2131-2133.
  • “Rule of Five Cyclizations in 5-Hexenyl Radicals and Photocyclizations of 1,5-Hexadienes:  Effect of 4-Oxa Substitution.”, AR Matlin, KF Brinton and BT Nivaggioli,  J. Phys Org Chem., 2007, 20, 83-87.
  • “Photocycloaddition / Trapping Reactions of Cross-Conjugated Cyclic Dienones:  Capture of Oxyallyl Intermediates”  A.R. Matlin in CRC Handbook of Organic Photochemistry and Photobiology, 2nd Edition, Editors W.H. Horspool, F.Lenci, CRC Press LLC, New York, 2004, 81-1 – 81-12.
  • Photochemical Cycloaddition and Ene Reactions of 2,7-Cyclooctadienone: Experimental and Computational Studies of a Cyclopentyl Oxyallyl Intermediate"  A.R. Matlin, P.M. Lahti, D. Appella, A. Straumanis, S. Lin, H. Patel, K. Jin, K.P. Schreiber, J. Pauls, P. Raulerson, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1999, 121, 2164-2173.
  • "First Example of an Enone-Alkene [2+2+2] Photocycloaddition: 1,3 Photocycloaddition of Tetramethylethylene Across 2,7-Cyclooctadienone" A.R. Matlin, S.C. Lin, H.R. Patel, M. Chai;  Org. Lett., 1999, 1, 303-305.
  • “Computational Study of the Cyclization of 5-Hexenyl, 3-Oxa-5-hexenyl and 4-Oxa-5-hexenyl Radicals”  A.R. Matlin and M.C. Leyden, International Journal of Organic Chemistry  2013, 3, 169-175.
  • “Weak Acidity of Vinyl CH Bonds Enhanced by Halogen Substitution” N.C. Craig,A. R.  Matlin, J. Org. Chem., 2014, 79, 1729-1731.
  • “Hydroxylamine catalyzed Nazarov cyclizations of divinyl ketones” J.Z. Hamilton, N.T.Kadunce, M.D. McDonald, L. Rios, A.R. Matlin, Tetrahedron Lett., 2015. 56, 6622-6624.