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 method and program development of the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention heavy metals testing program. He also supports bioanalytical testing for the National Toxicology Program, materials characterization, metallomics, and health equity research.

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 also performed metal impurity testing on pharmaceutical products and prepared and analyzed samples using atomic spectroscopy techniques. 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 since 2013 and a counselor starting in 2016.