David G. Whitten

Contact


Phone: (505) 277-5736

Physical Address

Room 2041 B
Centennial Engineering Center

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Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

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Curriculum Vitae

Education

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

Biography

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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.

Professional Experience

  • 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.

Selected Publications:

Teaching Interests

  • Biomedical engineering research practices
  • Biosensors
  • Ethics and scientific writing

Research Interests

  • Antimicrobial activity of conjugated polyelectrolytes
  • New biosensors based on quenching or enhancement of fluorescence
  • Synthesis and study of conjugated oligomeric phenylene ethynylene derivatives

Center/Laboratory/Program Affiliations

  • Center for Biomedical Engineering