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

Wang, Ruobing, et al. “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, vol. 139, no. 29, July 2017, pp. 9759–62. Epmc, doi:10.1021/jacs.7b03252. Full Text

Jiang, Ting, et al. “Engineering High-Potential Photo-oxidants with Panchromatic Absorption.Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 139, no. 25, June 2017, pp. 8412–15. Epmc, doi:10.1021/jacs.7b04400. Full Text

Richert, Sabine, et al. “On the Importance of Electronic Symmetry for Triplet State Delocalization.Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 139, no. 15, Apr. 2017, pp. 5301–04. Epmc, doi:10.1021/jacs.7b01204. Full Text

Mimun, L. Christopher, et al. “Synthesis and characterization of Na(Gd0.5Lu0.5)F4: Nd3+,a core-shell free multifunctional contrast agent.Journal of Alloys and Compounds, vol. 695, Feb. 2017, pp. 280–85. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jallcom.2016.10.202. Full Text

Nayak, Animesh, et al. “Large Hyperpolarizabilities at Telecommunication-Relevant Wavelengths in Donor-Acceptor-Donor Nonlinear Optical Chromophores.Acs Central Science, vol. 2, no. 12, Dec. 2016, pp. 954–66. Epmc, doi:10.1021/acscentsci.6b00291. Full Text Open Access Copy

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


Hammer, Daniel A., et al. “Light induced destruction of polymersome/porphyrin/ferritin composite membranes.” Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, vol. 237, AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2009.

Frail, Paul R., et al. “POLY 512-Charge transport properties of solution processable (porphinato)zinc(II) ethynylenes.” Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, vol. 236, AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2008.

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.