Warren S. Warren

Warren S. Warren

James B. Duke 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 Professor of Chemistry
  • Chair of Physics
  • Professor of Chemistry
  • 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: (919) 660-1604
  • Email Address: warren.warren@duke.edu
  • Websites:

Education

  • Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, 1980
  • M.S. University of California at Berkeley, 1979

Research Interests

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.

Specialties

Medical Imaging

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Deputy Editor (Physics). Science Advances. 2017
  • Liversedge Medal. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2017
  • Mees Medal. Optical Society of America. 2015
  • Chair, Fellowship Committee. International Society for Magnetic Resonance. 2014
  • Elected Fellow. International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). 2013
  • Executive Committee and Program Committee. International Society for Magnetic Resonance. 2013
  • Elected Fellow. Optical Society of America. 2012
  • Herbert P. Broida Prize. American Physical Society. 2011
  • Chair, Division of Laser Science. American Physical Society. 2010
  • Award for Outstanding Achievements in Magnetic Resonance. Eastern Analytical Symposium. 2008
  • Fellow (Inaugural Class). International Society for Magnetic Resonance. 2008
  • Laserfest Technical Advisory Committee. Joint APS/OSA/SPIE/IEEE. 2008
  • Program Co-Chair. Imaging in 2020. 2007
  • Chairman. Experimental NMR Conference. 2004
  • Executive Committee. Experimental NMR Conference. 2004
  • Elected Fellow. AAAS. 2003
  • Chairman, Princeton Section. American Chemical Society. 2000
  • Outstanding Academic Book, Choice Magazine. American Library Association. 2000
  • Chairman, Princeton Section. American Chemical Society. 1999
  • Innovation Award in Neuroscience (Inaugural Year). McKnight Foundation. 1999
  • Elected Fellow. American Physical Society. 1998
  • Executive Committee. Experimental NMR Conference. 1998
  • Outstanding Academic Book, Choice Magazine. American Library Association. 1994
  • Chairman, Princeton Section. American Chemical Society. 1990
  • Fellow. Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. 1986
  • Charter Member, Defense Science Study Group. Institute for Defense Analyses. 1985
  • Nobel Laureate Signature Award. American Chemical Society. 1982
  • Young Faculty Grant. Dreyfus Foundation. 1982
  • Postdoctoral Fellow. National Science Foundation. 1981
  • Graduate Fellow. National Science Foundation. 1977
  • Harvard National Scholar. Harvard University. 1974

Courses Taught

  • CHEM 210DL: Modern Applications of Chemical Principles
  • CHEM 393: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 394: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 493: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 494: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 543: Statistical Thermodynamics
  • EGR 393: Research Projects in Engineering
  • PHYSICS 493: Research Independent Study
  • PHYSICS 766S: Physics Research Seminar
  • PHYSICS 771: Mini-Course on Current Research in Physics

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Shen, K; Logan, AWJ; Colell, JFP; Bae, J; Ortiz, GX; Theis, T; Warren, WS; Malcolmson, SJ; Wang, Q, Diazirines as Potential Molecular Imaging Tags: Probing the Requirements for Efficient and Long-Lived SABRE-Induced Hyperpolarization., Angewandte Chemie International Edition, vol 56 no. 40 (2017), pp. 12112-12116 [10.1002/anie.201704970] [abs].
  • Shchepin, RV; Goodson, BM; Theis, T; Warren, WS; Chekmenev, EY, Toward Hyperpolarized 19 F Molecular Imaging via Reversible Exchange with Parahydrogen., Chemphyschem, vol 18 no. 15 (2017), pp. 1961-1965 [10.1002/cphc.201700594] [abs].
  • Wilson, JW; Robles, FE; Deb, S; Warren, WS; Fischer, MC, Comparison of pump-probe and hyperspectral imaging in unstained histology sections of pigmented lesions., Biomedical Optics Express, vol 8 no. 8 (2017), pp. 3882-3890 [10.1364/boe.8.003882] [abs].
  • Zhou, Z; Yu, J; Colell, JFP; Laasner, R; Logan, A; Barskiy, DA; Shchepin, RV; Chekmenev, EY; Blum, V; Warren, WS; Theis, T, Long-Lived 13C2 Nuclear Spin States Hyperpolarized by Parahydrogen in Reversible Exchange at Microtesla Fields., Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, vol 8 no. 13 (2017), pp. 3008-3014 [10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b00987] [abs].
  • Colell, JFP; Emondts, M; Logan, AWJ; Shen, K; Bae, J; Shchepin, RV; Ortiz, GX; Spannring, P; Wang, Q; Malcolmson, SJ; Chekmenev, EY; Feiters, MC; Rutjes, FPJT; Blümich, B; Theis, T; Warren, WS, Direct Hyperpolarization of Nitrogen-15 in Aqueous Media with Parahydrogen in Reversible Exchange., Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol 139 no. 23 (2017), pp. 7761-7767 [10.1021/jacs.7b00569] [abs].