Patrick Charbonneau, Associate Professor of Chemistry and 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 (Fall 2016):

  • Chem 89s.01, First-year seminar (top) Synopsis
    French sci 2237, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
  • Chem 89s.02, First-year seminar (top) Synopsis
    French sci 2237, TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. I Altan, P Charbonneau and EH Snell, Computational crystallization., Archives of biochemistry and biophysics, vol. 602 (July, 2016), pp. 12-20 [doi]  [abs].
  2. L Fu, W Steinhardt, H Zhao, JE Socolar and P Charbonneau, Hard sphere packings within cylinders., Soft matter, vol. 12 no. 9 (March, 2016), pp. 2505-2514 [doi]  [abs].
  3. D Fusco and P Charbonneau, Soft matter perspective on protein crystal assembly., Colloids and surfaces. B, Biointerfaces, vol. 137 (January, 2016), pp. 22-31 [doi]  [abs].
  4. L Berthier, P Charbonneau and S Yaida, Efficient measurement of point-to-set correlations and overlap fluctuations in glass-forming liquids., The Journal of chemical physics, vol. 144 no. 2 (January, 2016), pp. 024501 [doi]  [abs].
  5. CE Owens, CW Shields, DF Cruz, P Charbonneau and GP L√≥pez, Highly parallel acoustic assembly of microparticles into well-ordered colloidal crystallites., Soft matter, vol. 12 no. 3 (January, 2016), pp. 717-728 [doi]  [abs].

Curriculum Vitae

Professor Charbonneau studies soft matter. His work combines theory and simulation to understand the glass problem, protein crystallization, microphase formation, and colloidal assembly in external fields.

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