Thomas M. Truskett


Thomas M. Truskett is Associate Professor and Paul D. & Betty Robertson Meek Centennial Fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996 and a doctoral degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University in 2001, where he studied statistical mechanics of the liquid state, the glass transition, and structuring of disordered media. He then pursued post-doctoral research at the University of California, San Francisco, where he investigated water, hydrophobic interactions, and modeling of biomolecular systems. In 2002, he joined the joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin.  Professor Truskett’s research group develops computational and theoretical tools to explore how interfaces and confinement impact the behavior of molecular fluids, colloidal suspensions, protein solutions, and glasses.


G. Goel, M. V. Athawale, S. Garde, and T. M. Truskett, “Attractions, water structure, and thermodynamics of hydrophobic polymer collapse”, Journal of Physical Chemistry B112, 13193-13196 (2008).

M. V. Athawale, G. Goel, T. Ghosh, T. M. Truskett, and S. Garde, “Effects of lengthscales and attractions on the collapse of hydrophobic polymers in water”,Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 104, 733-738 (2007).

J. K. Cheung, V. K. Shen, J. R. Errington, and T. M. Truskett, “Coarse-grained strategy for modeling protein stability in concentrated solutions III: Directional protein interactions”, Biophysical Journal 92, 4316–4324 (2007).