Truskett, Thomas M. Ph.D.

Dick Rothwell Endowed Chair 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
Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), 2015
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 

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