Bright Emenike

Associate Professor
Natural Sciences
Courses Taught

Organic Chemistry Lectures and Labs

  • Postdoctoral Studies: California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
  • Ph.D., Miami University, OH
Research Interests
  • Physical Organic Chemistry of Noncovalent Interactions
  • Synthesis

Bright Emenike, Amiel Farshadmand, Matthias Zeller, Armando J Roman, Arzu Sevimler, David W Shinn 

“Electrostatic CH-π Interactions Can Override Fluorine Gauche Effects to Exert Conformational Control”; Chemistry–A European Journal (DOI:10.1002/chem.202203139)


Ruomei Gao, Judith Lloyd, Bright U. Emenike, Duncan Quarless, and Mary E. Emenike

“Using Guiding Questions to Promote Scientific Practices in Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratories”, J. Chem. Educ. 2021, 98, 12, 3731–3738


Bright U. Emenike and Simran S. Dhami

“Determining the Ionization Constants of Organic Acids Using Fluorine Gauche Effects” J. Org. Chem. 2020, 85, 7, 4896–4900. [Inside Cover]


Emenike, B. U., Spinelle, R.A., Rosario, A., Shinn D. W., and Yoo, B.

“Solvent Modulation of Aromatic Substituent Effects in Molecular Torsion Balances Controlled by CH-π Interactions” The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2018, 122(4), 909-915


Emenike, B. U., Bey, S. N., Bigelow. B. S*., Srinivas C. V. S.

“Quantitative model for rationalizing solvent effect in noncovalent CH–Aryl interactions”. Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 1401-1407


Emenike, B. U., Bey, S. N., Spinelle R. A, Jones, J. T., Yoo, B., Zeller, M.

“Cationic CHπ interactions as a function of solvation” Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 30940-30945


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.

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


Novak, M.; Gung, B. W.; Hershberger, J. W.; Taylor, R. T.; Emenike, B. U.; Chakraborty, M.; Scioneaux, A. N.; Ponsot, A. E.; and Daka, P.

“Reduction of 4-tert-Butylcyclohexanone: A Laboratory Class Project in Diastereoselectivity and Thermodynamic vs. Kinetic Control” The Chemical. Educator, 2009, 14, 232-235

  Book Chapters

Michelle A Vasquez, George B Cruz, Ericka Cabañas, Jewel N Joseph, Mohammad Mian, Sai Karthik V Madhira, Chelsea A Akintunde, Evan G Clarke, Jourvonn C Skeen, Jalen R Bonitto, Eric B Khairi, Kirsten P Lynch, Narmin H Mekawy, Abdeslem El Idrissi, Youngjoo Kim, Bright U Emenike, Lorenz S Neuwirth

In Vivo Sex-Dependent Effects of Perinatal Pb2+ Exposure on Pilocarpine-Induced Seizure Susceptibility and Taurine Neuropharmacology; Taurine 12, 481-496, Springer (2022)


Lorenz S Neuwirth, Bright U Emenike, George B Cruz, Ericka Cabañas, Michelle A Vasquez, Jewel N Joseph, Zaid Ayaz, Mohammed Mian, Mohamed M Ali, Evan G Clarke, Eddy D Barrera, Nimra Hameed, Samantha Rubi, Teddy F Dacius Jr, Jourvonn C Skeen, Jalen R Bonitto, Eric B Khairi, Asma Iqbal, Isra Ahmed, Tokunbo J Jose, Kirsten P Lynch, Amber Alivira, Neena Mathew, Sukhpreet Kaur, Sidrah Masood, Bettina Tranquilee, Veni Thiruverkadu

Taurine-Derived Compounds Produce Anxiolytic Effects in Rats Following Developmental Lead Exposure; Taurine 12, 445-460


Teddy F Dacius, Jourvonn C Skeen, Jalen R Bonitto, Eric Khairi, Asma Iqbal, Isra Ahmed, Tokunbo J Jose, Kirsten Lynch, Maheen Khan, Amber L Alvira, Neena Mathew, Sukhpreet Kaur, Sidrah Masood, Bettina Tranquilee, Veni Thiruverkadu

“Assessing the Anxiolytic Properties of Taurine-Derived Compounds in Rats Following Developmental Lead Exposure: A Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pharmacological Pilot Study” Taurine 801-819

Office Hours

By appointment