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

Polizzi, Nicholas F., et al. “Mean First-Passage Times in Biology.Israel Journal of Chemistry, vol. 56, no. 9–10, Nov. 2016, pp. 816–24. Epmc, doi:10.1002/ijch.201600040. Full Text

Depotter, Griet, et al. “First-order hyperpolarizabilities of chiral, polymer-wrapped single-walled carbon nanotubes.Chemical Communications (Cambridge, England), vol. 52, no. 82, Oct. 2016, pp. 12206–09. Epmc, doi:10.1039/c6cc06190g. Full Text

Chino, J. P., et al. “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, vol. 95, no. 2, ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, June 2016, pp. 858–59.

Belley, M. D., et al. “WE-DE-201-07: Measurement of Real-Time Dose for Tandem and Ovoid Brachytherapy Procedures Using a High Precision Optical Fiber Radiation Detector.Med Phys, vol. 43, no. 6, June 2016, pp. 3809–10. Pubmed, doi:10.1118/1.4957812. Full Text

Polizzi, Nicholas F., et al. “Photoinduced Electron Transfer Elicits a Change in the Static Dielectric Constant of a de Novo Designed Protein.Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 138, no. 7, Feb. 2016, pp. 2130–33. Epmc, doi:10.1021/jacs.5b13180. Full Text

Bruce, Robert C., et al. “Valence Band Dependent Charge Transport in Bulk Molecular Electronic Devices Incorporating Highly Conjugated Multi-[(Porphinato)Metal] Oligomers.Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 138, no. 7, Feb. 2016, pp. 2078–81. Epmc, doi:10.1021/jacs.5b10772. Full Text

Rawson, Jeff, et al. “Extreme electron polaron spatial delocalization in π-conjugated materials.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 112, no. 45, Nov. 2015, pp. 13779–83. Epmc, doi:10.1073/pnas.1512318112. Full Text

Polizzi, Nicholas F., et al. “Defusing redox bombs?Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 112, no. 35, Sept. 2015, pp. 10821–22. Epmc, doi:10.1073/pnas.1513520112. Full Text

Olivier, Jean-Hubert, et al. “Unambiguous Diagnosis of Photoinduced Charge Carrier Signatures in a Stoichiometrically Controlled Semiconducting Polymer-Wrapped Carbon Nanotube Assembly.Angewandte Chemie (International Ed. in English), vol. 54, no. 28, July 2015, pp. 8133–38. Epmc, doi:10.1002/anie.201501364. Full Text

Pinkerton, Nathalie M., et al. “Single-Step Assembly of Multimodal Imaging Nanocarriers: MRI and Long-Wavelength Fluorescence Imaging.Advanced Healthcare Materials, vol. 4, no. 9, June 2015, pp. 1376–85. Epmc, doi:10.1002/adhm.201400766. Full Text


Duncan, Timothy V., et al. “INOR 570-Coupled-oscillator photophysics and the elaboration of chromophores with exceptional molecular hyperpolarizabilities and 2-photon absorptive cross-sections.” Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, vol. 235, AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2008.