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

Wilson, JW, Samineni, P, Fischer, MC, and Warren, WS. "Nonlinear cross-phase modulation microscopy using spectral shifting." Optics InfoBase Conference Papers (December 1, 2012).

Villafaña, TE, Samineni, P, Warren, WS, and Fischer, MC. "Historical pigments revealed by pump-probe microscopy." Laser Science, LS 2012 (December 1, 2012).

Simpson, MJ, Wilson, JW, Robles, FE, Phipps, T, Selim, MA, and Warren, WS. "Pump-probe imaging of melanin identifies metastatic potential of melanoma." Frontiers in Optics, FIO 2012 (December 1, 2012).

Li, B, Cheng, Y, Liu, J, Yi, C, Brown, AS, Yuan, H, Vo-Dinh, T, Fischer, MC, and Warren, WS. "Direct optical imaging of graphene in vitro by nonlinear femtosecond laser spectral reshaping." Nano Lett 12.11 (November 14, 2012): 5936-5940. Full Text

Wilson, JW, Degan, S, Warren, WS, and Fischer, MC. "Optical clearing of archive-compatible paraffin embedded tissue for multiphoton microscopy." Biomed Opt Express 3.11 (November 1, 2012): 2752-2760. Full Text

Feng, Y, Davis, RM, and Warren, WS. "Accessing long-lived nuclear singlet states between chemically equivalent spins without breaking symmetry." Nat Phys 8.11 (November 2012): 831-837. Full Text

Stokes, AM, Wilson, JW, and Warren, WS. "Characterization of restricted diffusion in uni- and multi-lamellar vesicles using short distance iMQCs." J Magn Reson 223 (October 2012): 31-40. Full Text

Li, B, Claytor, KE, Yuan, H, Vo-Dinh, T, Warren, WS, and Fischer, MC. "Multicontrast nonlinear optical microscopy with a compact and rapid pulse shaper." Opt Lett 37.13 (July 1, 2012): 2763-2765.

Chen, YM, Branca, RT, and Warren, WS. "Revisiting the mean-field picture of dipolar effects in solution NMR." J Chem Phys 136.20 (May 28, 2012): 204509-. Full Text

Degan, S, Wilson, JW, Mitropoulos, TE, Zhang, JY, Selim, MA, and Warren, WS. "Abstract 381: Non-invasive histology for early detection of cutaneous melanoma and pigmented lesions in vivo." Cancer Research 72.8 Supplement (April 15, 2012): 381-381. Full Text