Professor Truhlar Eclipses the 200,000 Citations Mark

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (07/06/2022)—Regents Professor Donald Truhlar has been cited over 200,000 times according to Google Scholar, with 24 articles each reaching 1,000 or more citations. Citations are one measure of how published research impacts future investigation and studies. A high citation count indicates that a researcher’s work has had a notable effect on their peers and advanced knowledge in the field.

The most frequently cited work presented two new hybrid meta exchange-correlation functionals, called M06 and M06-2X. Professor Truhlar is currently carrying out research in several areas of dynamics and electronic structure, with a special emphasis on applying quantum mechanics to the treatment of large and complex systems. You can read more about this research on the Truhlar Research Group website.

Professor Truhlar has gleaned numerous accolades to his research and contributions to the profession such as the American Chemical Society (ACS) Award in Theoretical Chemistry, American Physical Society Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics, ACS Award for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research, ACS Peter Debye Award for Physical Chemistry, Schrödinger Medal of The World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists, Dudley R. Herschbach Award for Excellence in Research in Collision Dynamics, Royal Society of Chemistry Chemical Dynamics Award, National Academy of Sciences Award for Scientific Reviewing, Distinguished Alumnus Award of St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Award of the Minnesota Section of the ACS. In the spring of 2015, the ACS honored Truhlar with a symposium for his contributions to and advancement of theory and computation in the understanding of the structure, energetics, and dynamics of molecules in gas phase, macromolecular, and condensed-phase systems.

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, and the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists, and the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute as well as an honorary fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society and the Council of the Chemical Research Society of India.

Truhlar earned a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Saint Mary's College (now St. Mary’s University of Minnesota) and a doctorate in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1970. He joined the Department of Chemistry faculty in 1969. In 2010 he received a Doctor honoris causa from Technical University of Lodz, Poland.