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



Nih Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Chemistry, California Institute of Technology 1987 - 1990

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. Full Text

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

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.

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.

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

Badea, CT, Stanton, IN, Johnston, SM, Johnson, GA, and Therien, MJ. "Investigations on X-ray luminescence CT for small animal imaging." United States. 2012.