Neal Yakelis, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

Neal Yakelis

Office Location:Rieke Science Center - Room 250

Office Hours: (On Campus) Mon: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm (On Campus) Tue: 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm (On Campus) Fri: 9:30 am - 11:10 am (On Campus) Mon - Fri: By Appointment

  • Professional

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Vice-chair of Faculty
  • Member: Title IX Committee


  • NIH Kirschstein Fellow, University of California Berkeley, 2003-2005
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Michigan, 2003
  • B.S., Chemistry, Spanish minor, Allegheny College, 1997

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Diels-Alder and retro-Diels-Alder reactions
  • Synthesis and reactions of substituted N-hydroxyureas
  • Drug-polymer conjugation
  • Antimicrobial natural products
  • Green chemistry


CHEM 115: General Chemistry I with Laboratory
CHEM 116: General Chemistry II with Laboratory
CHEM 331: Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 333: Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 332: Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 334: Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
CHEM 336: Organic Special Projects Laboratory
CHEM 410:  Introduction to Research
CHEM 420:  Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 440/487: Advanced Organic Chemistry, Advanced Special Topics
CHEM 499: Chemistry Senior Capstone

PLU Pre-Health Sciences Advising Team

Selected Articles

  • Boydston, A., Church, D., Kensy, V., Peterson, G., Yakelis, N. "Investigation of the dynamic nature of 1,2- oxazines derived from peralkylcyclopentadiene and nitrosocarbonyl species." Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry Vol. 14, 2016: 5617-5621.

Professional Memberships/Organizations