Warren S. Warren

Warren S. Warren

James B. Duke Professor of Chemistry

Professor of Chemistry

Professor of Radiology (Joint)

Professor of Physics (Joint)

Member of the Duke Cancer Institute

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

Davis, Ryan M., and Warren S. Warren. “Intermolecular zero quantum coherences enable accurate temperature imaging in red bone marrow..” Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, vol. 74, no. 1, July 2015, pp. 63–70. Epmc, doi:10.1002/mrm.25372. Full Text

Crumbliss, Alvin L., et al. “Preface. Biometals 2014--Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium Biometals 2014 at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA..” Biometals, vol. 28, no. 3, June 2015. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/s10534-015-9854-8. Full Text

Wilson, Jesse W., et al. “Comparing in vivo pump-probe and multiphoton fluorescence microscopy of melanoma and pigmented lesions..” J Biomed Opt, vol. 20, no. 5, May 2015. Pubmed, doi:10.1117/1.JBO.20.5.051012. Full Text

Shchepin, Roman V., et al. “Hyperpolarization of "Neat" Liquids by NMR Signal Amplification by Reversible Exchange..” The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, vol. 6, no. 10, May 2015, pp. 1961–67. Epmc, doi:10.1021/acs.jpclett.5b00782. Full Text

Truong, Milton L., et al. “15N Hyperpolarization by Reversible Exchange Using SABRE-SHEATH..” The Journal of Physical Chemistry. C, Nanomaterials and Interfaces, vol. 119, no. 16, Apr. 2015, pp. 8786–97. Epmc, doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b01799. Full Text

Wilson, Jesse W., et al. “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, vol. 86, no. 3, Mar. 2015. Epmc, doi:10.1063/1.4916261. Full Text

Theis, Thomas, et al. “Microtesla SABRE enables 10% nitrogen-15 nuclear spin polarization..” Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 137, no. 4, Feb. 2015, pp. 1404–07. Epmc, doi:10.1021/ja512242d. Full Text

Theis, Thomas, et al. “LIGHT-SABRE enables efficient in-magnet catalytic hyperpolarization..” Journal of Magnetic Resonance (San Diego, Calif. : 1997), vol. 248, Nov. 2014, pp. 23–26. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jmr.2014.09.005. Full Text

Claytor, Kevin, et al. “Accessing long-lived disconnected spin-1/2 eigenstates through spins > 1/2..” Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 136, no. 43, Oct. 2014, pp. 15118–21. Epmc, doi:10.1021/ja505792j. Full Text

Feng, Yesu, et al. “Long-lived polarization protected by symmetry..” The Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 141, no. 13, Oct. 2014. Epmc, doi:10.1063/1.4896895. Full Text