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
  • Professor of Chemistry
  • Professor of Radiology
  • Professor of Physics
  • Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
  • Chair of Physics

Contact Information:


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

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:

  • Fellow. International Society for Optics and Photonics. 2013
  • Herbert P. Broida Prize. American Physical Society. 2011

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

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