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

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

Olivier, J-H, Park, J, Deria, P, Rawson, J, Bai, Y, Kumbhar, AS, and Therien, MJ. "Unambiguous Diagnosis of Photoinduced Charge Carrier Signatures in a Stoichiometrically Controlled Semiconducting Polymer-Wrapped Carbon Nanotube Assembly." Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English) 54.28 (July 2015): 8133-8138. Full Text

Olivier, J-H, Bai, Y, Uh, H, Yoo, H, Therien, MJ, and Castellano, FN. "Near-Infrared-to-Visible Photon Upconversion Enabled by Conjugated Porphyrinic Sensitizers under Low-Power Noncoherent Illumination." JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A 119.22 (June 4, 2015): 5642-5649. Full Text

Rawson, J, Angiolillo, PJ, Frail, PR, Goodenough, I, and Therien, MJ. "Electron Spin Relaxation of Hole and Electron Polarons in π-Conjugated Porphyrin Arrays: Spintronic Implications." The journal of physical chemistry. B 119.24 (June 2015): 7681-7689. Full Text

Pinkerton, NM, Gindy, ME, Calero-DdelC, VL, Wolfson, T, Pagels, RF, Adler, D, Gao, D, Li, S, Wang, R, Zevon, M, Yao, N, Pacheco, C, Therien, MJ, Rinaldi, C, Sinko, PJ, and Prud'homme, RK. "Single-Step Assembly of Multimodal Imaging Nanocarriers: MRI and Long-Wavelength Fluorescence Imaging." Advanced healthcare materials 4.9 (June 2015): 1376-1385. Full Text

Belley, MD, Stanton, IN, Hadsell, M, Ger, R, Langloss, BW, Lu, J, Zhou, O, Chang, SX, Therien, MJ, and Yoshizumi, TT. "Fiber-optic detector for real time dosimetry of a micro-planar x-ray beam." Medical physics 42.4 (April 2015): 1966-1972. Full Text

Griepenburg, JC, Sood, N, Vargo, KB, Williams, D, Rawson, J, Therien, MJ, Hammer, DA, and Dmochowski, IJ. "Caging metal ions with visible light-responsive nanopolymersomes." Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids 31.2 (January 7, 2015): 799-807. Full Text


Kamat, NP, Liao, Z, Therien, MJ, Dmochowski, IJ, and Hammer, DA. "Sensing Membrane Stress with Near IR-Emissive Porphyrins." January 31, 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.

Flom, SR, Chi, S-H, Rosenberg, A, Nyak, A, Duncan, TV, Therien, MJ, Butler, JJ, Montgomery, SR, Beadie, G, and Shirk, JS. "Excited state contributions to near infrared nonliner optical response." August 28, 2011.

Ayres, JA, Stanton, IN, and Therien, MJ. "Novel, lanthanide-based nanoparticles for NIR to UV energy conversion." August 22, 2010.

Nanayakkara, SU, Banerjee, P, Conklin, D, Park, T-H, Stecher, JT, Therien, MJ, and Bonnell, DA. "Plasmon enhanced photoconduction in porphyrin-gold nanoparticle assemblies for photovoltaic applications." March 21, 2010.

Deria, P, Kang, YK, Lee, O-S, Sinks, LE, Kim, SH, Park, T-H, Bonnell, DA, Saven, JG, and Therien, MJ. "Single-chain, helical wrapping of individualized, single-walled carbon nanotubes by semiconducting polymers in both aqueous and nonaqueous solvents." August 16, 2009.

Fry, HC, Lehmann, A, Tronin, A, Krishnan, V, Blasie, JK, Saven, JG, DeGrado, WF, and Therien, MJ. "Incorporating abiological function in de novo designed proteins." March 22, 2009.

Hammer, DA, Robbins, G, Jimbo, M, Swift, J, Therien, MJ, and Dmochowski, IJ. "Light induced destruction of polymersome/porphyrin/ferritin composite membranes." March 22, 2009.

Frail, PR, Kikkawa, JM, Angiolillo, PJ, Therien, MJ, and Kagan, CR. "POLY 512-Charge transport properties of solution processable (porphinato)zinc(II) ethynylenes." August 17, 2008.