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Matthew M. Gardlik, Ph.D.


Matt is an avid technologist whose interests range from computer programming to organic synthesis. As an undergraduate, Matt received Wittenberg University's Division of Analytical Chemistry Award for construction and programming of a computer-controlled automatic titrator.

Matt earned his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University where his dissertation involved organic synthesis and supramolecular chemistry. He developed an optimized synthetic route to a key intermediate in the synthesis of a new class of supramolecular hosts. This enabled the scale-up and preparation of several hosts that was critical for studying their encapsulation properties. Matt continues to be involved in the American Chemical Society (ACS) and was awarded the 2012 Catalyst Award by the Cincinnati Section of the ACS.

Matt's practice includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications as well as assisting in the firm's litigation cases.

In November 2013, Matt was elected Chairman of the Indiana Section of the American Chemical Society. This three year commitment to the Executive Committee includes roles as Chairman-Elect, Chairman, and Chairman-Emeritus.

Matt is active with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Having played the violin beginning in the second grade, Matt has a great appreciation for the Symphony's performances, education, and outreach. Matt is a member of the FORTE Leadership Committee, the Symphony's young professional group.

Matt has recently been featured in an article at The Indiana Lawyer regarding law firm Apps.


  • Wittenberg University
    B.S. (ACS Certified Degree) Chemistry, 2002
  • The Ohio State University
    Ph.D. Chemistry, 2009
  • Capital University Law School
    J.D., 2012

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2010
  • Indiana, 2012

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
Indiana Bar Association
Indianapolis Bar Association
American Chemical Society, 2001 - Present
American Intellectual Property Law Society, 2011 - Present
7th Circuit Bar Association

Community Involvement

Member, SpeakEasy, Indianapolis,, 2012 - Present
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra


"A Close Inspection of Ag(I) Coordination to Molecular Baskets. A Study of Solvation and Guest Encapsulation in Solution and the Solid State" Gardlik, M.; Zhiquing, Y.; Xia, S.; Rieth, S.; Gallucci, J.; Hadad, C.; Badjić, J. Tetrahedron, 2009, 65, 7213-7219. (DOI: j.tet.2008.11.098)

"Molecular Encapsulation via Metal-to-Ligand Coordination in a Cu(I) Folded Molecular Basket" Rieth, S.; Zhiqing, Y.; Xia, S.; Gardlik, M.; Chow, A.; Fraenkel, A.; Hadad, C.; Badjić, J. Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2008, 73(13), 5100-5109. (DOI: jo800748k)

"Silver(I) Mediated Folding of a Molecular Basket" Yan, Z.; Xia, S.; Gardlik, M.; Seo, W.; Maslak, V.; Gallucci, J.; Hadad, C.; Badjić, J. Organic Letters, 2007, 9(12), 2301-2304. (DOI: ol0705595)