Truskett, Thomas M. Ph.D.

Department Chair
Bill L. Stanley Leadership Chair in Chemical Engineering
Les and Sherri Stuewer Endowed Professorship in Chemical Engineering
photo of Thomas M. Truskett

Office: CPE 2.802E Mailing Address:
Phone: (512) 471-6308 The University of Texas at Austin
Fax: (512) 471-7060 Department of Chemical Engineering
Email: 200 E Dean Keeton St. Stop C0400
UT Mail: C0400 Austin, TX 78712-1589

Research Areas: Advanced Materials, Polymers & Nanotechnology, Biotechnology and Modeling & Simulation

Research Group Website

Research Presentation for Prospective Graduate Students 

Educational Qualifications

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Princeton University (2001)
M.A., Chemical Engineering, Princeton University (1998)
B.S., Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin (1996)
NIH Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of California, San Francisco (2001-2002)

Courses Taught

CHE 353, Transport Phenomena
CHE 339P / CHE 384, Introduction to Biological Physics
CHE 253K, Applied Statistics
CHE 102, Introduction to Chemical Engineering
CHE 381N, Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer
CHE 384, Theoretical Methods for Soft Matter


We study how interfaces and confinement impact the properties of molecular liquids and crystals, colloidal and nanoparticle suspensions, protein solutions, and glassy solids. Our recent work focuses on three fundamental areas—self-assembly at the nanoscale, dynamics of confined liquids, and structural arrest of complex fluids—that are important for applications ranging from biomedical imaging to the delivery of therapeutic proteins.

Current sponsored research

Concentrated Protein Dispersions (NSF, Industrial Sponsors) • Inverse Methods for Engineering Complex Fluids (NSF) • Modeling Transport Processes in Nanoconfined Materials (Welch Foundation) • Multiscale modeling of protein solutions for subcutaneous delivery (NSF) • Equilibrium dispersant behavior relevant to deep-sea water conditions (Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative) • Computational Design of Nanomaterials by Pattern Replication (NASA)

Awards & Honors

Named Lectureships
Dudley A. Saville Lectureship, Princeton University (2009)
Ernest W. Thiele Lectureship, University of Notre Dame (2008)
Hendrick C. Van Ness Award Lectures, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2007)

Research Awards
O’Donnell Award in Engineering, The Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas (2014)
Allan P. Colburn Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (2007)
Sloan Research Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (2006)
NSF CAREER Award, National Science Foundation (2005)
Packard Fellowship, David and Lucile Packard Foundation (2004)
NIH National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health (2001)
NSF Graduate Fellowship, National Science Foundation (1996)

Teaching Awards and University Recognition
Les and Sherri Stuewer Endowed Professorship, The University of Texas at Austin (2013)
Paul D. & Betty Robertson Meek Centennial Professorship, The University of Texas at Austin (2011)
Paul D. & Betty Robertson Meek Centennial Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin (2006)
William H. Tonn Professorial Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin (2005)
College of Engineering Award for Outstanding Engineering Teaching by an Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Austin (2005)
Teaching Excellence Award, Student Engineering Council, The University of Texas at Austin (2004)

Selected Publications 

  • S. Kalyoncu, J. Hyun, J. C. Pai, J. L. Johnson, K. Etzminger, A. Jain, D. Heaner Jr., I. A. Morales,
    T. M. Truskett, J. A. Maynard, and R. L. Lieberman, Effects of protein engineering and rational
    mutagenesis on crystal lattice of single chain antibody fragments: Implications for
    membrane protein crystallization chaperones (Submitted 2014).
  • A. K. Murthy, R. J. Stover, G. D. Nie, S. Gourisankar, T. M. Truskett, K. V. Sokolov, and
    K. P. Johnston, Quenched assembly of NIR active gold nanoclusters capped with strongly
    bound ligands by tuning particle charge via pH and salinity (Submitted 2014).
  • A. J. Worthen, L. M. Foster, J. A. Bollinger, J. Dong, A. H. Peterman, L. E. Pastora, S. L. Bryant,
    T. M. Truskett, C. W. Bielawski, and K. P. Johnston, Synergistic formation and stabilization
    of oil-in-water emulsions by a weakly-interacting mixture of zwitterionic surfactant
    and silica nanoparticles. Langmuir (Submitted 2014).
  • W. P. Krekelberg, V. K. Shen, D. W.Siderius, T. M. Truskett, and J. R. Errington, Connection
    between thermodynamics and dynamics of simple fluids in highly attractive pores.
    Langmuir 29, 14527–14535 (December 2013).
  • T. S. Ingebrigtsen,J. R. Errington, T. M. Truskett, and J. C. Dyre, Predicting the relaxation
    time of a nanoconfined supercooled liquid. Physical Review Letters 111, 235901 (December 2013).
  • K. B. Hollingshead, A. Jain, and T. M. Truskett, Fine discretization of pair interactions and
    an approximate analytical strategy for predicting equilibrium behavior of complex fluids.
    Journal of Chemical Physics 139, 161102 (October 2013).
  • A. Jain, J. R. Errington, and T. M. Truskett, Phase behavior of materials with isotropic interactions
    designed by inverse strategies to favor diamond and simple cubic lattice ground
    states. Journal of Chemical Physics 139 141102 (October 2013).
  • A. K. Murthy, R. J. Stover, W. G. Hardin, R. Schramm, G. D. Nie, S. Gourisankar, T. M.
    Truskett, K. V. Sokolov, and K. P. Johnston, Charged gold nanoparticles with essentially
    zero serum protein adsorption in undiluted fetal bovine serum. Journal of the American
    Chemical Society 135, 7799–7802 (April 2013).
  • A. Jain, J. R. Errington, and T. M. Truskett, Inverse design of simple pairwise interactions
    with low coordinated 3D lattice ground states. Soft Matter 9, 3866 – 3870 (March 2013).
  • A. K. Murthy, R. J. Stover, A. U. Borwankar, G. D. Nie, S. Gourisankar, T. M. Truskett, K. V.
    Sokolov, and K. P. Johnston, Equilibrium gold nanoclusters quenched with biodegradable
    polymers. ACS Nano 7, 239–251 (January 2013).
  • A. U. Borwankar, A. K. Dinin, J. R. Laber, A. Twu, B. K. Wilson, J. A. Maynard, T. M. Truskett,
    and K. P. Johnston, Tunable Equilibrium Nanocluster Dispersions at High Protein Concentrations.
    Soft Matter 9 1766-1771 (January 2013).
  • J. Mittal, T. H. Yoo, G. Georgiou, and T. M. Truskett, Structural ensemble of an intrinsically
    disordered polypeptide. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 117, 118–124 (January 2013).

A full list of Dr. Truskett’s publications is available on his Research Group Website.


Institute for Theoretical Chemistry (ITC)
Texas Materials Institute (TMI)
Center for Nano- and Molecular Science and Technology