Warren S. Warren

Warren S. Warren

James B. Duke Distinguished 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

Simpson, M. J., et al. “Nonlinear microscopy of eumelanin and pheomelanin with subcellular resolution.” Journal of Investigative Dermatology, vol. 133, no. 7, 2013, pp. 1822–26. Scival, doi:10.1038/jid.2013.37. Full Text

Simpson, M. J., et al. “Pump-probe imaging of melanin identifies metastatic potential of melanoma.” Frontiers in Optics, Fio 2012, Dec. 2012.

Li, Baolei, et al. “Direct Optical Imaging of Graphene In Vitro by Nonlinear Femtosecond Laser Spectral Reshaping.” Nano Letters, vol. 12, no. 11, American Chemical Society (ACS), Nov. 2012, pp. 5936–40. Crossref, doi:10.1021/nl303358p. Full Text

Wilson, Jesse W., et al. “Optical clearing of archive-compatible paraffin embedded tissue for multiphoton microscopy.” Biomedical Optics Express, vol. 3, no. 11, The Optical Society, Nov. 2012, pp. 2752–2752. Crossref, doi:10.1364/boe.3.002752. Full Text

Feng, Yesu, et al. “Accessing long-lived nuclear singlet states between chemically equivalent spins without breaking symmetry.Nature Physics, vol. 8, no. 11, Nov. 2012, pp. 831–37. Epmc, doi:10.1038/nphys2425. Full Text

Duarte, M. F., et al. “Melanoma classification from hidden Markov tree features.” Icassp, Ieee International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing  Proceedings, Oct. 2012, pp. 685–88. Scopus, doi:10.1109/ICASSP.2012.6287976. Full Text

Stokes, A. M., et al. “Characterization of restricted diffusion in uni- and multi-lamellar vesicles using short distance iMQCs.Journal of Magnetic Resonance (San Diego, Calif. : 1997), vol. 223, Oct. 2012, pp. 31–40. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jmr.2012.07.021. Full Text

Robles, Francisco E., et al. “Phasor analysis for nonlinear pump-probe microscopy.” Optics Express, vol. 20, no. 15, The Optical Society, July 2012, pp. 17082–17082. Crossref, doi:10.1364/oe.20.017082. Full Text

Li, Baolei, et al. “Multicontrast nonlinear optical microscopy with a compact and rapid pulse shaper.” Optics Letters, vol. 37, no. 13, The Optical Society, July 2012, pp. 2763–2763. Crossref, doi:10.1364/ol.37.002763. Full Text

Chen, Y. Morris, et al. “Revisiting the mean-field picture of dipolar effects in solution NMR.The Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 136, no. 20, May 2012, p. 204509. Epmc, doi:10.1063/1.4721637. Full Text


Warren, W. S., et al. “Two-photon absorption imaging with shaped femtosecond laser pulses.” Springer Series in Chemical Physics, vol. 79, 2004, pp. 867–69.

Ye, T., et al. “Deep tissue imaging approaches by direct capture of two-photon absorption.” 2004 2nd Ieee International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging: Macro to Nano, vol. 1, 2004, pp. 668–71.