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 - San Diego 1987

B.S., University of St. Andrews (United Kingdom) 1982

Research Areas:
Synthesis, Physical, Biomolecular Structure and Function, Inorganic, Organic, Nanoscience and Materials

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

Polizzi, Nicholas F., et al. “De novo design of a hyperstable non-natural protein-ligand complex with sub-Å accuracy.Nature Chemistry, vol. 9, no. 12, Dec. 2017, pp. 1157–64. Epmc, doi:10.1038/nchem.2846. Full Text

Bai, Yusong, et al. “Molecular Road Map to Tuning Ground State Absorption and Excited State Dynamics of Long-Wavelength Absorbers.Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 139, no. 46, Nov. 2017, pp. 16946–58. Epmc, doi:10.1021/jacs.7b09982. Full Text

Liu, J., et al. “Additive engineering for high-performance room-temperature-processed perovskite absorbers with micron-size grains and microsecond-range carrier lifetimes.” Energy and Environmental Science, vol. 10, no. 11, Nov. 2017, pp. 2365–71. Scopus, doi:10.1039/c7ee02272g. Full Text

Hofmann, Christina L., et al. “NIR-emissive PEG-b-TCL micelles for breast tumor imaging and minimally invasive pharmacokinetic analysis.Nanoscale, vol. 9, no. 36, Sept. 2017, pp. 13465–76. Pubmed, doi:10.1039/c7nr02363d. Full Text

Bai, Yusong, et al. “Controlling the excited-state dynamics of low band gap, near-infrared absorbers via proquinoidal unit electronic structural modulation.Chemical Science, vol. 8, no. 9, Sept. 2017, pp. 5889–901. Epmc, doi:10.1039/c7sc02150j. Full Text


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.

Kamat, Neha P., et al. “Sensing Membrane Stress with Near IR-Emissive Porphyrins.” Biophysical Journal, vol. 102, no. 3, Elsevier BV, 2012, pp. 299a-299a. Crossref, doi:10.1016/j.bpj.2011.11.1655. Full Text

Badea, C. T., et al. “Investigations on X-ray luminescence CT for small animal imaging.Proc Spie Int Soc Opt Eng, vol. 8313, 2012, p. 83130T. Pubmed, doi:10.1117/12.911465. Full Text

Flom, Steven R., et al. “Excited state contributions to near infrared nonliner optical response.” Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, vol. 242, AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2011.

Chi, S. H., et al. “Photophysics of a near IR nonlinear absorber for waveguide applications.” Optics Infobase Conference Papers, 2011. Scopus, doi:10.1364/fio.2011.fwbb2. Full Text

Stanton, Ian N., et al. “Upconversion luminescence and X-ray-excited optical luminescence (XEOL) of lanthanide doped Yttrium oxide nanocrystals.” Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, vol. 240, AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2010.

Ayres, Jennifer A., et al. “Novel, lanthanide-based nanoparticles for NIR to UV energy conversion.” Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, vol. 240, AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2010.

Nanayakkara, Sanjini U., et al. “Plasmon enhanced photoconduction in porphyrin-gold nanoparticle assemblies for photovoltaic applications.” Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, vol. 239, AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2010.

Deria, Pravas, et al. “Single-chain, helical wrapping of individualized, single-walled carbon nanotubes by semiconducting polymers in both aqueous and nonaqueous solvents.” Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, vol. 238, AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2009.

Fry, H. Christopher, et al. “Incorporating abiological function in de novo designed proteins.” Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, vol. 237, AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2009.