Veljko Dragojlovic, Professor of Chemistry

Organic Chemistry (Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Chemistry of Natural Products, Organic Photochemistry)

Office: RF 212 Wilkes Honors College

Phone: (561) 799-8012 Florida Atlantic University

Fax: (561) 799-8602 5353 Parkside Drive Jupiter, FL 33458


B.Sc., University of Belgrade, Serbia (1987); Ph.D., University of British Columbia, Canada (1993).

Research Interests: Synthetic organic chemistry and chemical education, in particular in the development of new synthetic methodology and application of it to synthesis of molecules of biological interest. An important objective of my research program is to train undergraduate students in conducting research and writing research reports and proposals.

Selected Publications

1.      Dragojlovic, V. Conformational Analysis of Cycloalkanes. ChemTexts 2015, 1:14 (DOI 10.1007/s40828-015-0014-0)

2.      Dragojlovic, V. Improving a Lecture-Size Molecular Model Set by Repurposing Used Whiteboard Markers, J. Chem. Educ., 2015, 92, 14121414. (DOI 10.1021/ed500964n)

3.      Parsons, B.A.; Smith, O.L.; Chae, M.; Dragojlovic, V. Properties of PTFE Tape as a Semipermeable Membrane in Fluorous Reactions. Beilstein J. Org. Chem., 2015, 11, 980-993. (doi:10.3762/bjoc.11.110)

4.      Dragojlovic, V. Investigation of Intermolecular Interactions by Determination of the Heat of Mixing of Organic Liquids: An Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Experiment, The Chemical Educator 2015, 20, 30-33.

5.      Abney, A.J.; Dragojlovic, V. A PTFE-Sealed Vial for Delivery of Bromine, J. Chem. Educ., 2012, 89, 293-295.

6.      Parsons, B.A.; Dragojlovic, V. Demonstration of a Runaway Exothermic Reaction: Diels-Alder Reaction of (2E,4E)-2,4-Hexadien-1-ol and Maleic Anhydride. J. Chem. Educ., 2011, 88, 1553-1557. (DOI: 10.1021/ed100129z)

7.      Van Zee, N.J.; Dragojlovic, V. Design of Phase-Vanishing Reactions. Chemistry - A European Journal 2010, 16, 7950-7958. (DOI: 10.1002/chem.201000269).

8.      Pels, K.; Dragojlovic, V. Solvent-free phase-vanishing reactions with PTFE (Teflon) as a phase screen. Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2009, 5, No. 75. (doi:10.3762/bjoc.5.75)

9.      Van Zee, N.J.; Dragojlovic, V. Phase-Vanishing Reactions with PTFE (Teflon) as a Phase Screen Organic Lett., 2009, 11, 3190-3193. (doi: 10.1021/ol901450h).

10.  Huertas, D.; Florscher, M.; Dragojlovic, V. Solvent-free Diels-Alder Reactions of in situ Generated Cyclopentadiene. Green Chemistry, 2009, 11, 91-95 (DOI:10.1039/B813485E).