Therien Lab at Duke University is home to graduate and undergraduate students in the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, as well as Post Doctoral Scholars.  Students and Post-docs are encouraged to explore a broad range of interests and develop both theoretical and experimental skills.  Undergraduates, Graduate Students, and Post-Docs interested in joining the Therien Group are encouraged to please navigate this site to learn more information.

August 2021 – Farwell to Dr. Ko
We hope that Dr. Ko will strive in the next position. Go! Go! Dr. Ko

July 2021 – Farwell to Dr. Nayak
We hope that Dr. Animesh Nayak will have a bright, successful future in the next position.

June 2021 – Group Dinner Time
Although 2020 was a remarkably difficult year, it looks like we are getting things back on track.
We have a great night at Namu.

June 2021 – Doctoral Defense
Chih-Hung Ko successfully defends his doctoral degree. Congratulation to Dr. Ko!

June 2021 – New published Journal Paper

“EPR of Photoexcited Triplet-State Acceptor Porphyrins” has been accepted in J. Phys. Chem. C. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.1c03278

May 2021 – New published Journal Paper

“Printable and recyclable carbon electronics using crystalline nanocellulose dielectrics” has been accepted in Nature Electronics. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41928-021-00574-0

April 2021 – New Group Picture
We have new splicing group picture with new Lab members . To comply with the Duke Compact, everyone’s picture was taken individually.

April 2021 – Farwell to Dr. Bullard
We thank for the contribution from Dr. George Bullard these years.    

April 2021 – Welcomes New Lab Member!
Victoria Cinnater has joined the Therien group. 

February 2021 – New published Journal Paper
De Novo Design, Solution Characterization, and Crystallographic Structure of an Abiological Mn–Porphyrin-Binding Protein Capable of Stabilizing a Mn(V) Species” has been accepted in JACS. DOI: doi.org/10.1021/jacs.0c10136

February 2021 – New Logo
New Year and New Logo. We thank Dr. George Bullard for the design of logo.

February 2021 – Happy New Year!
As time flies by. As we look out into the reactions overnight. All the photons and electrons that pass. We celebrate new year in our minds.

November 2020 – Doctoral Defense
George Bullard successfully defends his doctoral degree. Congratulation to Dr. Bullard!

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October 2020 – Welcomes New Lab Member!
Hope Meikle, a first year student in the Materials Science and Engineering Program, has joined the Therien group. 

August 2020 – New published Journal Paper
“Driving high quantum yield NIR emission through proquinoidal linkage motifs in conjugated supermolecular arrays” has been accepted in Chemical Science. DOI: doi.org/10.1039/D0SC03446K

August 2020 – New published Journal Paper
“Topology, Distance, and Orbital Symmetry Effects on Electronic Spin–Spin Couplings in Rigid Molecular Systems: Implications for Long Distance Spin-Spin Interactions” has been accepted in JPCA. DOI: doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpca.0c06112

August 2020 – New published Journal Paper
“Electronic structure and photophysics of a supermolecular iron complex having a long MLCT-state lifetime and panchromatic absorption” has been accepted in PNAS. DOI: doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2009996117

January 2020 – Welcomes New First Years!
Courtney Rosenthal, Jamie Alatis, Jarrett Mansergh and Jiaqi Zhu have joined the Therien group. 

January 2020 – New Coffee Machine
While the molecules are being synthesized in the hood, coffee is being brewed in the office. We thank Erin Viere for bringing the KEURIG machine. 

January 2020 – Group Dinner Time
Former lab member Dr. Yusong Bai visited Therien group on Friday. We had a great night with him at Namu.

November 2019 – New published Journal Paper
“Orientational Dependence of Cofacial Porphyrin-Quinone Electronic Interactions within the Strong Coupling Regime” has been accepted in JPCB. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.9b07627

August 2019 – New published Journal Paper
“Low-Resistance Molecular Wires Propagate Spin Polarized Currents” has been accepted in JACS. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b06142

August 2019 – New published Journal Paper
“Excitation energy-dependent photocurrent switching in a single-molecule photodiode” has been published in PNAS. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1907118116

August 2019 – New published Journal Paper
“Mapping hole hopping escape routes in proteins” has been published in PNAS. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1906394116

June 2019 – Welcomes New Lab Member!
Postdoc Rui Liu has joined the Therien group.

June 2019 – New published Journal Paper
“Engineering opposite electronic polarization of singlet and triplet states increases the yield of high-energy photoproducts” has been published in PNAS. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1901752116

January 2019 – New Group Picture
We took group pictures at the patio of French Science Center.  

January 2019 – Welcomes New Lab Members!
Haleh Jeddi and Francesco Mastrocinque have joined the Therien group. 

October 2018 – New published Journal Paper
“Quantitative Evaluation of Optical Free Carrier Generation in Semiconducting Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes” has been published in JACS. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b05598

July 2018 – New published Journal Paper

“Solvent- and Wavelength-Dependent Photoluminescence Relaxation Dynamics of Carbon Nanotube sp3 Defect States” has been published in ACS Nano. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b02909

August 2018 – Welcomes New Lab Members!
Postdoc Dr. Animesh Nayak has joined the Therien group. 

June 2018 – Farewell to Dr. Bai
We had a great night at El Corral!

January 2018 – Welcomes New First Years!
Erin Viere has joined the Therien group. 

January 2018 – New published Journal Paper
“Dynamics of charged excitons in electronically and morphologically homogeneous single-walled carbon nanotubes” has been published in PNAS. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1712971115

November 2017 – Doctoral Defense
Ting Jiang and Yusong Bai successfully defend their doctoral degree. Congratulation to Dr. Jiang and Dr. Bai!

November 2017 – New published Journal Paper
“Molecular Road Map to Tuning Ground State Absorption and Excited State Dynamics of Long-Wavelength Absorbers” has been published in JACS. DOI:10.1021/jacs.7b09982

August 2017 – New published Journal Paper
“NIR-emissive PEG-b-TCL Micelles for Breast Tumor Imaging and Minimally Invasive Pharmacokinetic Analysis” has been published in Nanoscale. DOI:10.1039/C7NR02363D

June 2017 – New published Journal Paper
“Engineering High-Potential Photo-oxidants with Panchromatic Absorption” has been published in JACS. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b04400

June 2017 – New published Journal Paper
“Alkyne-Bridged Multi[Copper(II) Porphyrin] Structures: Nuances of Orbital Symmetry in Long-Range, Through-Bond Mediated, Iso-tropic Spin Exchange Interactions” has been published in JACS. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b03252

May 2017 – Doctoral Defense
Ruobing Wang successfully defends his doctoral degree. Congratulation to Dr. Wang!

April 2017 – New published Journal Paper
“On the Importance of Electronic Symmetry for Triplet State Delocalization” has been published in JACS.

March 2017 – New Group Picture!
Group picture and current members have been updated.

January 2017 – Welcomes New First Years!
Chih-Hung Ko and Zachary Widel have joined the Therien group.

March 2015 – Doctoral Defense
Congratulations to Dr. Chrissy Hofmann on a successful defense!

January 2015 – Doctoral Defense
Congratulations to Dr. Josh Stecher on a successful defense!

January 2015 – Welcomes New First Years!
George Bullard has joined the Therien group.

November 2014 – Doctoral Defense
Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Rawson on a successful defense! 

May 2014 – Welcomes Undergraduate Researchers!
Welcome to undergraduate researchers Rachel Carpenter and Sam Drajesk who will be joining our lab this summer as part of the MRSEC-REU program.

March 2014 – Welcomes New Lab Members!
Welcome to our new post-doctoral researcher, Dr. Melanie O’Sullivan.

November 2013 – Doctoral Defense
Congratulations to Dr. Ian Stanton on a successful defense! 

July 2013 – Doctoral Defense
Congratulations to Dr. Jaehong Park on a successful defense! 

May 2013 – Welcomes Undergraduate Researchers!
Welcome to undergraduate researcher Amanda Marsh who will be joining our lab this summer as part of the NSF-REU program.