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

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

Wang, R, Brugh, AM, Rawson, J, Therien, MJ, and Forbes, MDE. "Alkyne-Bridged Multi[Copper(II) Porphyrin] Structures: Nuances of Orbital Symmetry in Long-Range, Through-Bond Mediated, Isotropic Spin Exchange Interactions." Journal of the American Chemical Society 139.29 (July 2017): 9759-9762. Full Text

Jiang, T, Polizzi, NF, Rawson, J, and Therien, MJ. "Engineering High-Potential Photo-oxidants with Panchromatic Absorption." Journal of the American Chemical Society 139.25 (June 14, 2017): 8412-8415. Full Text

Richert, S, Bullard, G, Rawson, J, Angiolillo, PJ, Therien, MJ, and Timmel, CR. "On the Importance of Electronic Symmetry for Triplet State Delocalization." Journal of the American Chemical Society 139.15 (April 2017): 5301-5304. Full Text

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 2017): 280-285. Full Text

Han, Q, Bai, Y, Liu, J, Du, K-Z, Li, T, Ji, D, Zhou, Y, Cao, C, Shin, D, Ding, J, Franklin, AD, Glass, JT, Hu, J, Therien, MJ, Liu, J, and Mitzi, DB. "Additive engineering for high-performance room-temperature-processed perovskite absorbers with micron-size grains and microsecond-range carrier lifetimes." Energy Environ. Sci. (2017). 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 (November 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

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.


Kamat, NP, Liao, Z, Therien, MJ, Dmochowski, IJ, and Hammer, DA. "Sensing Membrane Stress with Near IR-Emissive Porphyrins." January 31, 2012. Full Text

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

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.