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

Belley, MD, Craciunescu, O, Chang, Z, Langloss, BW, Stanton, IN, Yoshizumi, TT, Therien, MJ, and Chino, JP. "Real-time dose-rate monitoring with gynecologic brachytherapy: Results of an initial clinical trial." Brachytherapy 17.6 (November 2018): 1023-1029. Full Text

Bai, Y, Bullard, G, Olivier, J-H, and Therien, MJ. "Quantitative Evaluation of Optical Free Carrier Generation in Semiconducting Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes." Journal of the American Chemical Society 140.44 (November 2018): 14619-14626. Full Text Open Access Copy

Han, Q, Ding, J, Bai, Y, Li, T, Ma, J-Y, Chen, Y-X, Zhou, Y, Liu, J, Ge, Q-Q, Chen, J, Glass, JT, Therien, MJ, Mitzi, DB, and Hu, J-S. "Carrier Dynamics Engineering for High-Performance Electron-Transport-Layer-free Perovskite Photovoltaics." Chem 4.10 (October 2018): 2405-2417. Full Text Open Access Copy

He, X, Velizhanin, KA, Bullard, G, Bai, Y, Olivier, J-H, Hartmann, NF, Gifford, BJ, Kilina, S, Tretiak, S, Htoon, H, Therien, MJ, and Doorn, SK. "Solvent- and Wavelength-Dependent Photoluminescence Relaxation Dynamics of Carbon Nanotube sp3 Defect States." Acs Nano 12.8 (August 2018): 8060-8070. Full Text

Stanton, IN, Ayres, JA, Stecher, JT, Fischer, MC, Scharpf, D, Scheuch, JD, and Therien, MJ. "Power-Dependent Radiant Flux and Absolute Quantum Yields of Upconversion Nanocrystals under Continuous and Pulsed Excitation." The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 122.1 (January 11, 2018): 252-259. Full Text

Bai, Y, Olivier, J-H, Bullard, G, Liu, C, and Therien, MJ. "Dynamics of charged excitons in electronically and morphologically homogeneous single-walled carbon nanotubes." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 115.4 (January 8, 2018): 674-679. Full Text

Polizzi, NF, Wu, Y, Lemmin, T, Maxwell, AM, Zhang, S-Q, Rawson, J, Beratan, DN, Therien, MJ, and DeGrado, WF. "De novo design of a hyperstable non-natural protein-ligand complex with sub-Å accuracy." Nature Chemistry 9.12 (December 2017): 1157-1164. Full Text

Bai, Y, Olivier, J-H, Yoo, H, Polizzi, NF, Park, J, Rawson, J, and Therien, MJ. "Molecular Road Map to Tuning Ground State Absorption and Excited State Dynamics of Long-Wavelength Absorbers." Journal of the American Chemical Society 139.46 (November 2017): 16946-16958. Full Text

Bai, Y, Rawson, J, Roget, SA, Olivier, J-H, Lin, J, Zhang, P, Beratan, DN, and Therien, MJ. "Controlling the excited-state dynamics of low band gap, near-infrared absorbers via proquinoidal unit electronic structural modulation." Chemical Science 8.9 (September 2017): 5889-5901. Full Text

Hofmann, CL, O'Sullivan, MC, Detappe, A, Yu, Y, Yang, X, Qi, W, Landon, CD, Therien, MJ, Dewhirst, MW, Ghoroghchian, PP, and Palmer, GM. "NIR-emissive PEG-b-TCL micelles for breast tumor imaging and minimally invasive pharmacokinetic analysis." Nanoscale 9.36 (September 2017): 13465-13476. Full Text


Rawson, J, Stuart, AC, You, W, and Therien, MJ. "Tailoring porphyrin-based electron accepting materials for organic photovoltaics." December 8, 2014. Full Text

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

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.