Bright Emenike

Associate Professor
Natural Sciences
Courses Taught
  • Organic Chemistry I & II Lecture
  • Organic Chemistry I & II Lab
  • Principles of Chemistry I & II Lab
  • Postdoctoral Studies: California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA
  • Ph.D., Miami University, OH, USA
  • Bachelor, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria
Research Interests
  • Conformational analysis of organic compounds using NMR spectroscopy and DFT calculations
  • Studies of non-covalent (weak) interactions in solution using molecular balances 
  • Design of hydrogen bond-assisted acids: “greener” Bronsted acids 
  • Lai H. W*; Liu, A. T*; Emenike, B. U; Carroll, W. R.; Roberts. J. D. “Conformational Preferences of N,N-dimethylsuccinamate as a Function of Alkali and Alkaline-Earth Metal Salts: Experimental Studies in DMSO and Water as Determined by 1H NMR Spectroscopy. J. Phys. Chem. A., 2014, DOI: 10.1021/jp4106508 
  • Emenike, B. U.; Liu, A. T. *; Elsy P. N*, Roberts, J. D. “Substituent Effects on Energetics of Peptide-Carboxylate Hydrogen Bonds as Studied by 1H-NMR Spectroscopy: Implications for Enzymes Catalysis” J. Org. Chem., 2013, 78(23), 11765-11771
  • Emenike, B. U.; Carroll, W. R.; Roberts, J. D. “Conformational Preferences of cis-1,3-Cyclopentanedicarboxylic Acid and Its Salt by NMR Spectroscopy: Energetics of Intramolecular Hydrogen Bonding in DMSO.”J. Org. Chem., 2013, 78(5), 2005-2011.
  • Liu, A. T.*; Emenike, B. U.; Carroll, W. R.; Roberts, J. D. “Conformational Equilibria of N,N-dimethylsuccinamic acid and Its Lithium Salt as Function of Solvent” Org. Lett., 2013, 15(4), 760-673 
  • Gung, B.W.; Emenike, B. U.; Lewis, M.; and Kirschbaum, K. “Quantification of CH–π Interactions: Implications on How Substituent Effects Influence Aromatic Interactions” Chem. Eur. J., 2010, 16, 12357-12362 
  • Gung, B. W.; Emenike, B. U.; Alverez, C. N.*; Rakovan, J.; Kirschbaum, K.; and Jain, N.# “Relative Substituent Position on the Strength of π–π Stacking Interactions” Tetrahedron Lett., 2010, 51, 1648-1650
Office Hours
  • Mondays & Tuesdays: 1:00pm-3:00pm