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

Claytor, K, Theis, T, Feng, Y, Yu, J, Gooden, D, and Warren, WS. "Accessing long-lived disconnected spin-1/2 eigenstates through spins > 1/2." Journal of the American Chemical Society 136.43 (October 15, 2014): 15118-15121. Full Text

Feng, Y, Theis, T, Wu, T-L, Claytor, K, and Warren, WS. "Long-lived polarization protected by symmetry." The Journal of chemical physics 141.13 (October 2014): 134307-. Full Text

Park, JK, Fischer, MC, Susumu, K, Therien, MJ, and Warren, WS. "Femtosecond pulse train shaping improves two-photon excited fluorescence measurements." Optics letters 39.19 (October 2014): 5606-5609. Full Text

Robles, FE, Fischer, MC, and Warren, WS. "Femtosecond pulse shaping enables detection of optical Kerr-effect (OKE) dynamics for molecular imaging." Optics letters 39.16 (August 2014): 4788-4791. Full Text

Davis, RM, and Warren, WS. "Intermolecular zero quantum coherences enable accurate temperature imaging in red bone marrow." Magnetic resonance in medicine (July 18, 2014).

Simpson, MJ, Glass, KE, Wilson, JW, Wilby, PR, Simon, JD, and Warren, WS. "Correction to “Pump–Probe Microscopic Imaging of Jurassic-Aged Eumelanin”." The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 5.6 (March 20, 2014): 946-946. Full Text

Villafana, TE, Brown, WP, Delaney, JK, Palmer, M, Warren, WS, and Fischer, MC. "Femtosecond pump-probe microscopy generates virtual cross-sections in historic artwork." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111.5 (February 2014): 1708-1713. Full Text

Simpson, MJ, Wilson, JW, Robles, FE, Dall, CP, Glass, K, Simon, JD, and Warren, WS. "Near-infrared excited state dynamics of melanins: the effects of iron content, photo-damage, chemical oxidation, and aggregate size." The journal of physical chemistry. A 118.6 (February 2014): 993-1003. Full Text

Claytor, K, Theis, T, Feng, Y, and Warren, W. "Measuring long-lived 13C2 state lifetimes at natural abundance." Journal of magnetic resonance (San Diego, Calif. : 1997) 239 (February 2014): 81-86. Full Text

Robles, FE, Wilson, JW, and Warren, WS. "Quantifying melanin distribution using pump-probe microscopy and a 2D morphological autocorrelation transformation for melanoma diagnosis." Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE 8949 (January 1, 2014). Full Text