Patrick Charbonneau, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Assistant Professor of Physics  

Patrick Charbonneau

Office Location: 5329 French Science, Box 90347, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 613-6261
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Chemical Physics
Theoretical condensed matter physics

BS, McGill University, Montreal, 2013
Ph.D., Harvard University, 2006
B.S., McGill University (Canada), 2001

Research Categories: Soft condensed matter simulation and theory

Research Description: Professor Charbonneau is interested in the in- and out-of-equilibrium dynamical properties of self-assembly. Important phenomena, such as colloidal microphase formation, protein aggregation, as well as glass and gel formation, are examined using approaches that combine simulation and theory.

Teaching (Spring 2016):

  • Chem 81s.01, Intro research in chm Synopsis
    French sci 2237, W 06:15 PM-07:30 PM
  • Chem 990-4.01, Physical chemistry (top) Synopsis
    Gross hall 318, WF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. D Fusco and P Charbonneau, Soft matter perspective on protein crystal assembly., Colloids and surfaces. B, Biointerfaces, vol. 137 (December, 2015), pp. 22-31 [doi]  [abs].
  2. R Tavarone, P Charbonneau and H Stark, Phase ordering of zig-zag and bow-shaped hard needles in two dimensions., The Journal of chemical physics, vol. 143 no. 11 (September, 2015), pp. 114505 [doi]  [abs].
  3. P Charbonneau, Y Jin, G Parisi, C Rainone, B Seoane and F Zamponi, Numerical detection of the Gardner transition in a mean-field glass former, Physical Review E, vol. 92 no. 1 (July, Submitted, 2015) [1501.07244], [doi]  [abs].
  4. P Charbonneau, EI Corwin, G Parisi and F Zamponi, Jamming criticality revealed by removing localized buckling excitations., Physical review letters, vol. 114 no. 12 (April, 2015), pp. 125504  [abs].
  5. Y Jin and P Charbonneau, Dimensional study of the dynamical arrest in a random Lorentz gas, Physical Review E, vol. 91 no. 4 (April, 2015) [doi] .

Curriculum Vitae

Professor Charbonneau studies soft matter assembly. His current work combines theory and simulation to understand microphase formation, protein crystallization, magnetic colloid assembly as well as the glass and the jamming transitions.

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Yuan Zhuang  
  • Lin Fu  
  • Diana Fusco  
Postdocs Mentored

  • Yuliang Jin (2013)  
  • Pablo Palafox (2011 - 2012)  
Selected Invited Lectures

  1. Dynamical Heterogeneity in a Glass-Forming Ideal Gas, November 28, 2008, Unifying Concepts in Glass Physics IV, Kyoto, Japan    
Selected Talks

  1. How can hard (hyper)spheres form glasses?, January 13, 2009, Surrey University, UK