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 - Berkeley 1980

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

Jenista, Elizabeth R., et al. “Absolute temperature imaging using intermolecular multiple quantum MRI.International Journal of Hyperthermia : The Official Journal of European Society for Hyperthermic Oncology, North American Hyperthermia Group, vol. 26, no. 7, Jan. 2010, pp. 725–34. Epmc, doi:10.3109/02656736.2010.499527. Full Text

Piletic, Ivan R., et al. “Estimation of molar absorptivities and pigment sizes for eumelanin and pheomelanin using femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy.The Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 131, no. 18, Nov. 2009, p. 181106. Epmc, doi:10.1063/1.3265861. Full Text

Jenista, Elizabeth R., et al. “Optimized, unequal pulse spacing in multiple echo sequences improves refocusing in magnetic resonance.The Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 131, no. 20, Nov. 2009, p. 204510. Epmc, doi:10.1063/1.3263196. Full Text Open Access Copy

Meng, J., et al. “LHRH-functionalized superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles for breast cancer targeting and contrast enhancement in MRI.” Materials Science and Engineering C, vol. 29, no. 4, May 2009, pp. 1467–79. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.msec.2008.09.039. Full Text

Ye, Tong, et al. “Nonlinear absorption microscopy.Photochemistry and Photobiology, vol. 85, no. 3, May 2009, pp. 631–45. Epmc, doi:10.1111/j.1751-1097.2008.00514.x. Full Text

Branca, Rosa T., et al. “iDQC anisotropy map imaging for tumor tissue characterization in vivo.Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, vol. 61, no. 4, Apr. 2009, pp. 937–43. Epmc, doi:10.1002/mrm.21925. Full Text

Branca, R. T., and W. S. Warren. “Solvent suppression without crosspeak attenuation in iZQC experiments.” Chemical Physics Letters, vol. 470, no. 4–6, Mar. 2009, pp. 325–31. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.cplett.2009.01.063. Full Text

Warren, Warren S., et al. “Increasing hyperpolarized spin lifetimes through true singlet eigenstates.Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 323, no. 5922, Mar. 2009, pp. 1711–14. Epmc, doi:10.1126/science.1167693. Full Text

Austin, R. H., et al. “Tilting after dutch windmills: Probably no long-lived davydov solitons in proteins.” Journal of Biological Physics, vol. 35, no. 1, Feb. 2009, pp. 91–101. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s10867-009-9130-7. Full Text

Jenista, Elizabeth R., et al. “Hyperpolarized carbon-carbon intermolecular multiple quantum coherences.Journal of Magnetic Resonance (San Diego, Calif. : 1997), vol. 196, no. 1, Jan. 2009, pp. 74–77. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jmr.2008.09.027. Full Text