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James Harrington

Research Chemist


Postdoctoral appointment, North Carolina State University
PhD, Duke University
BS, University of North Carolina at Wilmington


James Harrington, PhD, contributes to the development of environmental exposure research and other strategic areas of interest to RTI’s Center for Analytical Sciences (AS). He has also led bioanalytical research projects in support of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) at NIEHS in the area of metallomics and inorganic speciation, and development of the pharmaceutical heavy metals testing program at RTI. His research focuses on analysis of lead in drinking water, the impact of toxic metals on human health, food and drug safety, and nanomaterial characterization.

Dr. Harrington has previously performed research with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on trace metal bioavailability in contaminated soils and on small molecule–metal interactions during his postdoctoral and doctoral studies. He has over 50 publications on the development of analytical methods for metals and on the biogeochemistry of toxic metals. He has also worked with educators to develop curricula on the areas of trace metal biogeochemistry and toxic metal pollution, among other topics.

Dr. Harrington is an active member of the North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society, receiving the Chair's Award in 2012 and the Marcus Hobbes Service Award in 2019 and serving as the outreach coordinator from 2013 to 2018 and as a counselor from 2016-2018. He is also a member of the Society of Toxicology.

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