Phone: 505-277-5736
Fax: 505-277-1292

Physical Address

Room 2041 B
Centennial Engineering Center
Building # 112 on the UNM map

Mailing Address

01 1070
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070

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Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering

Associate Director

Center for Biomedical Engineering

Curriculum Vitae


PhD, Organic Chemistry, The Johns Hopkins University 1963

MA, Organic Chemistry, The Johns Hopkins University 1961

BA, Chemistry, The Johns Hopkins University 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.

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