James Harrington

Research Chemist


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

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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.

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 several publications in the areas of inorganic analytical methods and biogeochemistry of trace metals in the environment. He has experience teaching students in the areas of trace metal biogeochemistry and toxic metal pollution, among other topics.

Dr. Harrington is active with the North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society, receiving the Chair's Award in 2012 and serving as the outreach coordinator from 2013 to 2018 and as a counselor from 2016-2018.