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

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

Susumu, K, and Therien, MJ. "Design of diethynyl porphyrin derivatives with high near infrared fluorescence quantum yields." Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines 19.01-03 (January 2015): 205-218. Full Text


Duncan, TV, Ishizuka, T, Sinks, LE, Nayak, A, Song, K, Hung, ST, Keinan, S, Yang, W, Beratan, DN, Clays, K, and Therien, MJ. "INOR 570-Coupled-oscillator photophysics and the elaboration of chromophores with exceptional molecular hyperpolarizabilities and 2-photon absorptive cross-sections." April 6, 2008.