S. Warren

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

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.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
  • Professor of Chemistry
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor of Radiology
  • Professor of Physics
  • Member of the Duke Cancer Institute

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 2217 French Science Center, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: +1 919 660 1604
  • Email Address: warren.warren@duke.edu
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  • M.S. University of California, Berkeley, 1979
  • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1980

Courses Taught

  • PHYSICS 590: Selected Topics in Theoretical Physics
  • PHYSICS 493: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 494: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 493: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 394: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 393: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 210D: Modern Applications of Chemical Principles
  • BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Yu, Jin, Zhongguo Li, Charles Kolodziej, Seher Kuyuldar, Warren S. Warren, Clemens Burda, and Martin C. Fischer. “Visualizing the impact of chloride addition on the microscopic carrier dynamics of MAPbI3 thin films using femtosecond transient absorption microscopy.” The Journal of Chemical Physics 151, no. 23 (December 21, 2019). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5127875.
  • Lindale, Jacob R., Christian P. N. Tanner, Shannon L. Eriksson, and Warren S. Warren. “Decoupled LIGHT-SABRE variants allow hyperpolarization of asymmetric SABRE systems at an arbitrary field.” Journal of Magnetic Resonance (San Diego, Calif. : 1997) 307 (October 2019): 106577. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmr.2019.106577.
  • Tanner, Christian P. N., Jacob R. Lindale, Shannon L. Eriksson, Zijian Zhou, Johannes F. P. Colell, Thomas Theis, and Warren S. Warren. “Selective hyperpolarization of heteronuclear singlet states via pulsed microtesla SABRE.” The Journal of Chemical Physics 151, no. 4 (July 2019): 044201. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5108644.