Warren S. Warren

Warren S. Warren

James B. Duke Professor of Chemistry

Office Location: 
2217 French Science Center, Durham, NC 27708
Front Office Address: 
Box 90346, Durham, NC 27708-0346
(919) 660-1604


Our work focuses on the design and application of what might best be called novel pulsed techniques, using controlled radiation fields to alter dynamics. The heart of the work is chemical physics, and most of what we do is ultrafast laser spectroscopy or nuclear magnetic resonance. It generally involves an intimate mixture of theory and experiment: recent publications are roughly an equal mix of pencil- and-paper theory, computer calculations with our workstations, and experiments. Collaborations also play an important role, particularly for medical applications.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley 1980

  • M.S., University of California at Berkeley 1979

Zhou, Z, Claytor, K, Warren, WS, and Theis, T. "Accessing long lived (1)H states via (2)H couplings." Journal of magnetic resonance (San Diego, Calif. : 1997) 263 (February 2016): 108-115. Full Text

Robles, FE, Fischer, MC, and Warren, WS. "Dispersion-based stimulated Raman scattering spectroscopy, holography, and optical coherence tomography." Optics express 24.1 (January 2016): 485-498. Full Text

Robles, FE, Deb, S, Wilson, JW, Gainey, CS, Selim, MA, Mosca, PJ, Tyler, DS, Fischer, MC, and Warren, WS. "Pump-probe imaging of pigmented cutaneous melanoma primary lesions gives insight into metastatic potential." Biomedical optics express 6.9 (September 2015): 3631-3645. Full Text

Crumbliss, AL, Franz, KJ, and Thiele, DJ. "Preface. Biometals 2014--Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium Biometals 2014 at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA." Biometals : an international journal on the role of metal ions in biology, biochemistry, and medicine 28.3 (June 2015): 431-. Full Text

Shchepin, RV, Truong, ML, Theis, T, Coffey, AM, Shi, F, Waddell, KW, Warren, WS, Goodson, BM, and Chekmenev, EY. "Hyperpolarization of "Neat" Liquids by NMR Signal Amplification by Reversible Exchange." The journal of physical chemistry letters 6.10 (May 8, 2015): 1961-1967. Full Text

Wilson, JW, Degan, S, Gainey, CS, Mitropoulos, T, Simpson, MJ, Zhang, JY, and Warren, WS. "Comparing in vivo pump-probe and multiphoton fluorescence microscopy of melanoma and pigmented lesions." Journal of biomedical optics 20.5 (May 2015): 051012-. Full Text

Truong, ML, Theis, T, Coffey, AM, Shchepin, RV, Waddell, KW, Shi, F, Goodson, BM, Warren, WS, and Chekmenev, EY. "(15)N Hyperpolarization by Reversible Exchange Using SABRE-SHEATH." The journal of physical chemistry. C, Nanomaterials and interfaces 119.16 (April 2015): 8786-8797. Full Text

Wilson, JW, Park, JK, Warren, WS, and Fischer, MC. "Flexible digital signal processing architecture for narrowband and spread-spectrum lock-in detection in multiphoton microscopy and time-resolved spectroscopy." The Review of scientific instruments 86.3 (March 2015): 033707-. Full Text

Theis, T, Truong, ML, Coffey, AM, Shchepin, RV, Waddell, KW, Shi, F, Goodson, BM, Warren, WS, and Chekmenev, EY. "Microtesla SABRE enables 10% nitrogen-15 nuclear spin polarization." Journal of the American Chemical Society 137.4 (February 2015): 1404-1407. Full Text

Davis, RM, and Warren, WS. "Intermolecular zero quantum coherences enable accurate temperature imaging in red bone marrow." Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 74.1 (January 1, 2015): 63-70. Full Text


Jenista, ER, Branca, RT, Frank, A, and Warren, WS. "PHYS 361-Hyperpolarized carbon-carbon intermolecular multiple quantum coherences." August 17, 2008.

Warren, WS, Miller, A, Ye, T, Liu, H, Fischer, MC, and Wagner, W. "Tissue imaging with shaped femtosecond laser pulses." 2007.