Faculty Profiles

Michael J. Therien
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Chemistry in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
5330 French Family Science Cen, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-1670
(919) 660-1605



Ph.D., University of California at San Diego 1987

B.S., University of St. Andrews (Scotland) 1982

Research Areas:
Synthesis, Physical, Biomolecular Structure and Function, Inorganic, Organic, Nanoscience and Materials

Mimun, LC, Ajithkumar, G, Rightsell, C, Langloss, BW, Therien, MJ, and Sardar, DK. "Synthesis and characterization of Na(Gd0.5Lu0.5)F4: Nd3+,a core-shell free multifunctional contrast agent." Journal of Alloys and Compounds 695 (February 25, 2017): 280-285. Full Text

Nayak, A, Park, J, De Mey, K, Hu, X, Duncan, TV, Beratan, DN, Clays, K, and Therien, MJ. "Large Hyperpolarizabilities at Telecommunication-Relevant Wavelengths in Donor-Acceptor-Donor Nonlinear Optical Chromophores." ACS central science 2.12 (December 16, 2016): 954-966. Full Text Open Access Copy

Polizzi, NF, Therien, MJ, and Beratan, DN. "Mean First-Passage Times in Biology." Israel Journal of Chemistry 56.9-10 (October 2016): 816-824. Full Text

Depotter, G, Olivier, J-H, Glesner, MG, Deria, P, Bai, Y, Bullard, G, Kumbhar, AS, Therien, MJ, and Clays, K. "First-order hyperpolarizabilities of chiral, polymer-wrapped single-walled carbon nanotubes." Chemical communications (Cambridge, England) 52.82 (October 2016): 12206-12209.

Chino, JP, Belley, MD, Chang, Z, Langloss, B, Yoshizumi, TT, Therien, MJ, and Craciunescu, OI. "Real Time Dosimetry for Gynecologic Brachytherapy: Initial Results of a Prospective Clinical Trial (vol 93, pg S203, 2015)." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RADIATION ONCOLOGY BIOLOGY PHYSICS 95.2 (June 1, 2016): 858-859.

Belley, MD, Faught, A, Moore, B, Subashi, E, Langloss, B, Therien, MJ, Yoshizumi, TT, Chino, JP, and Craciunescu, O. "WE-DE-201-07: Measurement of Real-Time Dose for Tandem and Ovoid Brachytherapy Procedures Using a High Precision Optical Fiber Radiation Detector." Medical physics 43.6 (June 2016): 3809-3810. Full Text

Polizzi, NF, Eibling, MJ, Perez-Aguilar, JM, Rawson, J, Lanci, CJ, Fry, HC, Beratan, DN, Saven, JG, and Therien, MJ. "Photoinduced Electron Transfer Elicits a Change in the Static Dielectric Constant of a de Novo Designed Protein." Journal of the American Chemical Society 138.7 (February 3, 2016): 2130-2133. Full Text

Bruce, RC, Wang, R, Rawson, J, Therien, MJ, and You, W. "Valence Band Dependent Charge Transport in Bulk Molecular Electronic Devices Incorporating Highly Conjugated Multi-[(Porphinato)Metal] Oligomers." Journal of the American Chemical Society 138.7 (February 2016): 2078-2081. Full Text

Rawson, J, Angiolillo, PJ, and Therien, MJ. "Extreme electron polaron spatial delocalization in π-conjugated materials." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112.45 (November 2015): 13779-13783. Full Text

Polizzi, NF, Migliore, A, Therien, MJ, and Beratan, DN. "Defusing redox bombs?." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112.35 (September 2015): 10821-10822. Full Text


Park, JK, Fischer, MC, Susumu, K, Therien, MJ, and Warren, WS. "Femtosecond pulse train shaping for accurate two-photon excited fluorescence measurements." January 1, 2014.

Stecher, JT, Stanton, IN, and Therien, MJ. "Enhancement of dominant UV emission in 10 nm gallium-codoped, upconverting nanocrystals." September 8, 2013.

Rawson, J, Stuart, AC, You, W, and Therien, MJ. "Tailoring porphyrin-based electron acceptors for organic photovoltaics." August 19, 2012.

Rawson, J, Angiolillo, PJ, and Therien, MJ. "Exceptional delocalization of electrons in conjugated porphyrin arrays." August 19, 2012.

Von Bargen, CD, MacDermaid, CM, Murrett, CS, Lee, O-S, Therien, MJ, and Saven, JG. "Understanding the helical wrapping of poly(phenylene-ethynylene) polymers about single-walled carbon nanotubes using molecular simulations." August 19, 2012.

Kamat, NP, Liao, Z, Ruble, BK, Griepenburg, J, Moses, LE, Rawson, J, Robbins, GP, Therien, MJ, Hammer, DA, and Dmochowski, IJ. "Photo-responsive polymersomes and oligonucleotide assemblies." March 25, 2012.