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

Jr, W. W., et al. “Intervalence excitations of a mixed-valence salt: NMR and optical absorption in molten InCl2.” Chemical Physics Letters, vol. 96, no. 4, 1983, pp. 505–08.

Zewall, A., et al. “Laser probing of vibrational energy redistribution and dephasing.” Journal of Physical Chemistry, vol. 86, no. 7, Dec. 1982, pp. 1184–92.

Warren, W. S., and A. Pines. “Simple pulse sequences for selective multiple-quantum excitation.” Chemical Physics Letters, vol. 88, no. 4, May 1982, pp. 441–43. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0009-2614(82)83042-X. Full Text

Warren, W. S., and A. H. Zewail. “Optical analogs of NMR phase coherent multiple pulse spectroscopy.” The Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 75, no. 12, Jan. 1981, pp. 5956–58. Scopus, doi:10.1063/1.442051. Full Text

Warren, W. S., and A. Pines. “Analogy of Multiple-Quantum NMR to Isotopic Spin Labeling.” Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 103, no. 7, Jan. 1981, pp. 1613–17. Scopus, doi:10.1021/ja00397a001. Full Text

Warren, W. S., and A. Pines. “Experiments on selective excitation of multiple-quantum transitions in NMR spectroscopy.” The Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 74, no. 5, Jan. 1981, pp. 2808–18. Scopus, doi:10.1063/1.441452. Full Text

Warren, W. S., et al. “Theory of selective excitation of multiple-quantum transitions.” The Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 73, no. 5, Jan. 1980, pp. 2084–99. Scopus, doi:10.1063/1.440403. Full Text

Warren, W. S., et al. “Selective excitation of multiple-quantum coherence in nuclear magnetic resonance.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 43, no. 24, Jan. 1979, pp. 1791–94. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.43.1791. Full Text

Warren, S. W. “Properties and performance of basic designs of infrared interference filters.” Infrared Physics, vol. 8, no. 1, 1968, pp. 65–78.