Teaching Courses

  • Survey of Chemistry (CHM 1033C), Lecture and Lab together, Fall and Spring Semesters.
  • General Chemistry I (CHM 1045) and General Chemistry I Lab (CHM 1045L, Fall and Spring Semesters.
  • General Chemistry I (CHM 1046) and General Chemistry I Lab (CHM 1046L), Fall and Spring Semesters.
  • Organic Chemistry I (CHM 2210) and Organic Chemistry I Lab (CHM 2210L), Fall Semesters.
  • Organic Chemistry II (CHM 2211) and Organic Chemistry I Lab (CHM 2211L), Fall Semesters.
  • Introductory to Chemistry (CHM 1025C), Lecture and Lab together. In the future.

Educational Background and Professional Experience

  • Ph.D (Chemistry), Bharathidasan University, India, 1997.
  • Dissertation: Diels-Alder Cycloaddition reactions involving Cumulenes, heterocumulenes: A Quantum Chemical Computational Study.
  • M.S. (Chemistry), Bharathidasan University, India, 1990.
  • B.S. (Chemistry), Madurai Kamaraj University, India, 1988.
  • Visiting Postdoc, Free University of Brussels, Belgium, 1999-2000
  • Postdoc, University of Arizona, Tucson & University of Georgia, Athens, 2000 – 2001
  • Research Associate, Florida State University, 2001 – 2006
  • Sr. Teaching Lab Specialist, Florida State University, 2006 – 2008
  • Assistant and Associate Professor, Bethune-Cookman University, 2008 - 2017

Research Interests

Mainly involves Computational and Theoretical Chemistry research. Computational studies of many issue-based organic materials (simple and cluster molecules) and various organic reactions involving Aromaticity, Stereo-electronic and H-bonding effects. Discovering novel Radical Cyclizations involving alkynes and aromatic systems by the state-of-the-art computational techniques; polyaromatic and simple graphene systems are the main target of our interest.


  1. P. W. Peterson1, N. Shevshenko1, B. Breiner, M. Manoharan, F. Lufti, J. Delaune, M. Kingsley, J. Rubin, K. Kovnir, and I. V. Alabugin, Orbital Crossings Activated Through Electron Injection: Opening Communication between Orbital Overlaps, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 15617.
  2. S. Mondal,  R. Mohamed, M. Manoharan, H. Phan and I. V. Alabugin, Drawing from Pool of Radicals for the Design of Selective Enyne Cyclizations. Org. Lett. 2013, 15, 5650.
  3. K. M. Anderson, A. Esadze, M. Manoharan, R. Brüschweiler, D. G. Gorenstein, and J. Iwahara, Direct Observation of the Ion-Pair Dynamics at a Protein−DNA Interface by NMR Spectroscopy. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 3613.
  4. K. Gilmore and M. Manoharan, J. I-. C. Wu, P.v.R. Schleyer, I. V. Alabugin, Aromatic Transition States in Non-Pericyclic Reactions: Anionic 5-Endo Cyclizations as Aborted Sigmatropic Shifts. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 10584.
  5. I. V. Alabugin, K. Gilmore and M. Manoharan, Rules for Anionic and Radical Anionic Ring-Closure of Alkynes. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 12608.
  6. I. V. Alabugin and M. Manoharan, Thermodynamic and Strain Effects in the Competition Between 5-Exo-dig and 6-Endo-Dig Cyclizations of Vinyl and Aryl Radicals, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 12583.
  7. I. V. Alabugin and M. Manoharan, 5-Endo-Dig Radical Cyclizations – “The Poor Cousins” of the Radical Cyclizations Family, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 9534.
  8. I.V. Alabugin, M. Manoharan and T.A. Zeidan, Homoanomeric Effects in Six-membered Heterocycles, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 14014.
  9. I.V. Alabugin, M. Manoharan, B. Breiner and F. D. Lewis, Control of Kinetics and Thermodynamics of [1,5]-Shifts by Aromaticity: A View Through the Prism of Marcus Theory, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 9329.
  10. I.V. Alabugin, M. Manoharan, S. Peabody and F. Weinhold, The Electronic Basis of Improper Hydrogen Bonding: A Subtle Balance of Hyperconjugation and Rehybridization, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 5973
  11. I.V. Alabugin and M. Manoharan, Radical-Anionic Cyclizations of Enediynes: Remarkable Effects of Benzannelation and Remote Substituents on Cyclorearomatization Reactions, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 4495.
  12. I.V. Alabugin, M. Manoharan and S.V. Kovalenko, Tuning Rate of the Bergman Cyclization of Benzannelated Enediynes with ortho-Substituents, Org. Lett. 2002, 4, 1119.
  13. M. Malagoli, M. Manoharan, B. Kippilen and J.-L. Brédas, Impact of Conformation on the Dipole Moment of Bis-triarylamine Derivatives, Chem. Phys. Lett. 2002, 354, 283.
  14. P.v.R. Schleyer, M. Manoharan, H. Jiao and F. Stahl, The Acenes: Is there a Relationship Between Aromatic stabilization and Reactivity?, Org. Lett. 2001, 3, 3643.
  15. P.v.R. Schleyer, M. Manoharan, Z.-X. Wang, B. Kiran, H. Jiao, R. Puchta, and N.J.R.v.E. Hommes, Dissected Nucleus-Independent Chemical Shift Analysis of -Aromaticity and  Antiaromaticity, Org. Lett. 2001, 3, 2465.