David G. Whitten
Phone: (505) 277-5736
Fax: (505) 277-1292
Centennial Engineering Center
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Center for Biomedical Engineering
Research Group Website
Postdoctoral. California Institute of Technology Physical Organic Chem, 1965-1966
Ph.D. The Johns Hopkins University Organic Chemistry, 1963
M.A. The Johns Hopkins University Organic Chemistry, 1961
A.B. The Johns Hopkins University Organic Chemistry, 1959
David Whitten has had a long career in academia at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), the University of Rochester and the University of New Mexico. He also spent more than 2 years at Los Alamos before starting a company (QTL Biosystems) with a colleague from Los Alamos. His research is currently focused on conjugated polyelectrolytes and their counterpart small oligomers as antimicrobials and a basis for fluorescent sensors. He continues to study photochemical and photophysical properties of these compounds and materials, a career long aspect of his work.
- 2016, Distinguished Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering and Department of Chemistry • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
- 2005 - Present: Co-Director, Center for Biomedical Engineering • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
- 2005 - 2016: Professor, Department of Chemical & Nuclear Engineering and Department of Chemistry • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
- 2000 - 2004: Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry • Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
- 2000 - 2005: Cofounder and Chief Technical Officer, QTL Biosystems, LLC.
- 1997-Present: Editor-in-Chief, Langmuir.
- 1995-97: Chair, Department of Chemistry • University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.
- 1995-97: Technical Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory.
- 1989-95: Director, NSF Center for Photoinduced Charge Transfer• University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.
- 1988-91: Chair, Department of Chemistry • University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.
- 1983-97: C. E. Kenneth Mees Professor • University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.
- 1980-83: M. A. Smith Professor • University of North Carolina.
- 1975-76: Vice Chairman, Department of Chemistry •University of North Carolina.
- 1973-80: Professor, Department of Chemistry •University of North Carolina.
- 1973-80: Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry •University of North Carolina.
- 1973-80: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry •University of North Carolina.
Fluorescent Cellulose Wipe as a New and Sustainable Light-Activated Antibacterial and Antiviral Agent, Z Zhang, DG Whitten, A Kell, ACS Materials Letters 4, 356-362, 2022.
Understanding the Photochemical Properties of Polythiophene Polyelectrolyte Soft Aggregates with Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate for Antimicrobial Activity, MY Livshits, J Yang, F Maghsoodi, A Scheberl, SM Greer, MI Khalil, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 13 (47), 55953-55965, 2021.
Substituted thiophene oligomers and polymers, DG Whitten, D Brown, J Yang, E Strach, M Khalil, US Patent 11,154,059, 2021.
Rapid and Effective Inactivation of SARS-CoV-2 with a Cationic Conjugated Oligomer with Visible Light: Studies of Antiviral Activity in Solutions and on Supports, K Kaya, M Khalil, B Fetrow, H Fritz, P Jagadesan, V Bondu, L Ista, EY Chi, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2021.
Remembering Françoise Winnik, GC Walker, KS Schanze, DG Whitten, Langmuir 37 (25), 7627-7629, 2021
Controlled and Selective Photo-oxidation of Amyloid-β Fibrils by Oligomeric p-Phenylene Ethynylenes, AM Fanni, D Okoye, FA Monge, J Hammond, F Maghsoodi, TD Martin, bioRxiv, 2021.
- Biomedical engineering research practices
- Ethics and scientific writing
- Antimicrobial activity of conjugated polyelectrolytes
- New biosensors based on quenching or enhancement of fluorescence
- Synthesis and study of conjugated oligomeric phenylene ethynylene derivatives
- Center for Biomedical Engineering