Patrick Charbonneau, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics  

Patrick Charbonneau

Office Location: 5329 French Science, 124 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 613-6261
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Chemical Physics
Theoretical condensed matter physics

Ph.D.,  Harvard University, 2006
BS, McGill University, Montreal, 2013
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 2020):

  • Math 89s.02, First-year seminar (top) Synopsis
    Gross hall 324, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Flenner, E; Berthier, L; Charbonneau, P; Fullerton, CJ, Front-Mediated Melting of Isotropic Ultrastable Glasses., Physical Review Letters, vol. 123 no. 17 (October, 2019), pp. 175501 [doi]  [abs].
  2. Berthier, L; Biroli, G; Charbonneau, P; Corwin, EI; Franz, S; Zamponi, F, Gardner physics in amorphous solids and beyond., The Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 151 no. 1 (July, 2019), pp. 010901 [doi]  [abs].
  3. Khan, AR; James, S; Quinn, MK; Altan, I; Charbonneau, P; McManus, JJ, Temperature-Dependent Interactions Explain Normal and Inverted Solubility in a γD-Crystallin Mutant, Biophysical Journal (July, 2019), Elsevier BV [doi] .
  4. Berthier, L; Charbonneau, P; Ninarello, A; Ozawa, M; Yaida, S, Zero-temperature glass transition in two dimensions., Nature Communications, vol. 10 no. 1 (April, 2019), pp. 1508 [doi]  [abs].
  5. Kundu, J; Charbonneau, P; Berthier, L, Bypassing glassy sluggishness by particle swap Monte Carlo in high dimensions, Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, vol. 257 (March, Preprint, 2019), pp. 1 pages, AMER CHEMICAL SOC .

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