Michael J. Therien

William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Chemistry
Professor of Chemistry
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
Our research involves the synthesis of compounds, supramolecular assemblies, nano-scale objects, and electronic materials with unusual ground-and excited-state characteristics, and interrogating these structures using state-of-the-art transient optical, spectroscopic, photophysical, and electrochemical methods. Over chemical dimensions that span molecules to materials, we probe experimental and theoretical aspects of charge migration reactions and ultrafast electron transfer processes. Insights into the structure-property relationships of molecular, nanoscale, and macroscopic materials allow us to fabricate polarizable and hyperpolarizable chromophores, structures for molecular electronics applications, optical limiters, and a wide range of other electrooptic and photonic materials that include novel conducting polymers, structures for solar energy conversion, and new platforms for in vivo optical imaging. Other efforts in our laboratory involve the elaborating de novo electron- and energy-transfer proteins, interrogating catalytic redox reactions, designing catalysts for small molecule activation, and developing new tools to manipulate nanoscale structures.

Education

  • Other, California Institute of Technology (1990)
  • Other, California Institute of Technology (1990)
  • Ph.D., University of California at San Diego (1987)
  • Ph.D., University of California - San Diego (1987)
  • B.S., University of St. Andrews (Scotland) (1982)
  • B.S., University of St. Andrews (United Kingdom) (1982)

Mailing Address

Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability
Box 90467
Durham, NC 27708

Street / Delivery Address

Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability
140 Science Drive
Gross Hall, Suite 101
Durham, NC 27708

919-613-1305 

Sep
29
Location: Page Auditorium, 402 Chapel Drive
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Sep
30
Location: Field Auditorium, Grainger Hall, Circuit Drive
Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Sep
30
Location: Duke Ahmadieh Family Auditorium (Gross Hall) + Livestream
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm