Faculty Profiles

Michael J. Therien
William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
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

Kang, Youn K., et al. “Orientational Dependence of Cofacial Porphyrin-Quinone Electronic Interactions within the Strong Coupling Regime.The Journal of Physical Chemistry. B, vol. 123, no. 49, Dec. 2019, pp. 10456–62. Epmc, doi:10.1021/acs.jpcb.9b07627. Full Text

Bullard, George, et al. “Low-Resistance Molecular Wires Propagate Spin-Polarized Currents.Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 141, no. 37, Sept. 2019, pp. 14707–11. Epmc, doi:10.1021/jacs.9b06142. Full Text

Polizzi, Nicholas F., et al. “Engineering opposite electronic polarization of singlet and triplet states increases the yield of high-energy photoproducts.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 116, no. 29, July 2019, pp. 14465–70. Epmc, doi:10.1073/pnas.1901752116. Full Text

Belley, Matthew D., et al. “Real-time dose-rate monitoring with gynecologic brachytherapy: Results of an initial clinical trial.Brachytherapy, vol. 17, no. 6, Nov. 2018, pp. 1023–29. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.brachy.2018.07.014. Full Text

Bai, Yusong, et al. “Quantitative Evaluation of Optical Free Carrier Generation in Semiconducting Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes.Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 140, no. 44, Nov. 2018, pp. 14619–26. Epmc, doi:10.1021/jacs.8b05598. Full Text Open Access Copy

Han, Q., et al. “Carrier Dynamics Engineering for High-Performance Electron-Transport-Layer-free Perovskite Photovoltaics.” Chem, vol. 4, no. 10, Oct. 2018, pp. 2405–17. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.chempr.2018.08.004. Full Text Open Access Copy

He, Xiaowei, et al. “Solvent- and Wavelength-Dependent Photoluminescence Relaxation Dynamics of Carbon Nanotube sp3 Defect States.Acs Nano, vol. 12, no. 8, Aug. 2018, pp. 8060–70. Epmc, doi:10.1021/acsnano.8b02909. Full Text

Park, J., et al. “Unusual solvent polarity dependent excitation relaxation dynamics of a bis[: P -ethynyldithiobenzoato]Pd-linked bis[(porphinato)zinc] complex.” Molecular Systems Design and Engineering, vol. 3, no. 1, Feb. 2018, pp. 275–84. Scopus, doi:10.1039/c8me00001h. Full Text

Stanton, Ian N., et al. “Power-Dependent Radiant Flux and Absolute Quantum Yields of Upconversion Nanocrystals under Continuous and Pulsed Excitation.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 122, no. 1, American Chemical Society (ACS), Jan. 2018, pp. 252–59. Crossref, doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b11929. Full Text

Bai, Yusong, et al. “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, vol. 115, no. 4, Jan. 2018, pp. 674–79. Epmc, doi:10.1073/pnas.1712971115. Full Text


Olivier, Jean-Hubert, et al. “Near-Infrared-to-Visible Photon Upconversion Enabled by Conjugated Porphyrinic Sensitizers under Low-Power Noncoherent Illumination.The Journal of Physical Chemistry. A, vol. 119, no. 22, 2015, pp. 5642–49. Epmc, doi:10.1021/acs.jpca.5b03199. Full Text

Rawson, Jeff, et al. “Tailoring porphyrin-based electron accepting materials for organic photovoltaics.Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 136, no. 50, 2014, pp. 17561–69. Epmc, doi:10.1021/ja5097418. Full Text

Olivier, Jean-Hubert, et al. “Single-walled carbon nanotubes wrapped by helically chiral, ionic, semiconducting polymers: New nanoscale compositions for energy capture, conversion and storage.” Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, vol. 247, AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2014.

Stecher, Joshua T., et al. “Enhancement of dominant UV emission in 10 nm gallium-codoped, upconverting nanocrystals.” Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, vol. 246, AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2013.

Therien, Michael J. “Coupled-oscillator photophysics and the elaboration of chromophores having exceptional nonlinear optical properties.” Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, vol. 245, AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2013.

Rawson, Jeff, et al. “Exceptional delocalization of electrons in conjugated porphyrin arrays.” Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, vol. 244, AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2012.

Von Bargen, Christopher D., et al. “Understanding the helical wrapping of poly(phenylene-ethynylene) polymers about single-walled carbon nanotubes using molecular simulations.” Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, vol. 244, AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2012.

Kamat, Neha P., et al. “Photo-responsive polymersomes and oligonucleotide assemblies.” Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, vol. 243, AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2012.


Rawson, Jeff, and Michael J. Therien. Tunable Leuko-polymersomes That Adhere Specifically to Inflammatory Markers. AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2010. Dspace, doi:10.1021/1a1017032. Full Text Open Access Copy