Neal Yakelis, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

Neal Yakelis

Office Location: Rieke Science Center - 250

  • Professional

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Chair of Faculty


  • 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