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  • Don G. Truhlar

    Regents Professor

    • Chemical Physics, Dynamics and Electronic Structure
    • Chemical Theory & Computation, Dynamics and Electronic Structure
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry, Environmental Computational Chemistry
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry, Computational Studies
    • Energy & Catalysis
    • Chemical Biology
    • B.S. St. Mary's College, 1965
    • Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, 1970
    Office: 247 Smith Hall

Principal Research Interests

Principle research interests include:

  • theoretical and computational chemistry, simulation and modeling:
    • algorithms, methods
    • quantum photochemistry
    • reaction rates
    • solvation
    • nanoparticles
    • Earth and planetary sciences
    • environmental chemistry
    • biochemistry, drug design, neurochemistry
    • combustion chemistry
    • catalysis
    • quantum effects, tunneling, path integrals, transition state theory
    • potential energy surfaces
    • density functional theory
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Honors and Awards

  • Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics, 2016
  • Council of Graduate Students Outstanding Advising and Mentoring Award, 2015-2016
  • Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society, 2015
  • Fellow of American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 2015
  • Council of Graduate Students Outstanding Faculty Award, 2015
  • American Physical Society Outstanding Referee of the Physical Review and Physical Review Letters, 2015
  • Computational Chemical Dynamics: A Symposium in Honor of Donald Truhlar, American Chemical Society, 2015
  • Outstanding Referee of the Physical Review and Physical Review Letters, 2014
  • Outstanding Adviser Award of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, 2013
  • International Symposium on Organic Reaction Mechanism: A Celebration in Honor of Bob Grubbs, Ken Houk, Paul Schleyer and Don Truhlar, Shenzhen, China, 2013
  • Royal Society of Chemistry Chemical Dynamics Award, 2012
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, St. Mary’s University of Minnnesota, 2011
  • Doctor honoris causa of Technical University of Lodz, Poland, 2010
  • Elected to Fellowship in the American Chemical Society, 2009
  • Elected to the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 2009
  • Named a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FSRC), 2009
  • Dudley R. Herschbach Award for Excellence in Research in Collision Dynamics, 2009
  • Elected to the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science, 2006
  • Schrödinger Medal of The World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists, 2006
  • Lise Meitner Lectureship Award, 2006
  • American Chemical Society Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry, 2006
  • Festschrift Issue, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2006
  • University of Minnesota Inventor Recognition Award, 2005
  • National Academy of Sciences Award for Scientific Reviewing, 2004
  • Minnesota Award, 2003
  • American Chemical Society Award for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research, 2000
  • George Taylor/Institute of Technology Alumni Society Distinguished Service Award, 1998
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1994
  • NSF Creativity Award, 1993
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society, 1986
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, 1973

Selected Major Lectureships

  • Davis Lecturer, University of South Carolina, 2012
  • McElvain Lecturer, University of Wisconsin, 2011
  • Kenneth Wiberg Honorary lecturer, Yale University, 2011
  • Milton Kahn Lectureship in Chemistry, University of New Mexico, 2009
  • Davidson Lectures, University of North Texas, 2009
  • Moses Gomberg Lecture, University of Michigan, 2009
  • Troisième Cycle Lecturer, Conference Universitaire de Suisse Occidentale, 2008
  • Max T. Rogers Distinguished Lectureship, Michigan State University, 2008
  • Neckers Lecturer, Southern Illinois University, 2006
  • Washburn Lecturer, University of Nebraska, 2005
  • Martin and Mary Kilpatrick Lecturer, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Faraday Discussion Nonadiabatic Effects in Chemical Dynamics, Introductory Lecturer, 2004
  • Mulliken Lectureship, University of Georgia, 2003
  • Frontiers In Chemical Research Lectureship, Texas A & M University, 2003
  • C. A. McDowell Lecture in Chemical Physics, British Columbia University, 2000
  • American Physical Society Centennial Lecturer, 1999
  • Faraday Discussion Chemical Reaction Theory, summarizing lecturer, 1998
  • Distinguished Lectureship, Louisiana State University, 1996
  • Arthur William Davidson Lectureship, University of Kansas, 1991
  • Featured Lecturer, Regional Symposium on Chemical Physics, Waterloo, Canada, Oct. 27, 1990
  • DuPont Distinguished Lecturer, University of Indiana, 1990

Mailing Address

  • Donald G. Truhlar, University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry
  • C-1, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
  • Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431