Patrick Charbonneau, Associate Chair of Chemistry and Associate Professor of 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

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.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Hu, Y; Charbonneau, P, Clustering and assembly dynamics of a one-dimensional microphase former., Soft Matter (March, 2018) [doi]  [abs].
  2. Altan, I; Fusco, D; Afonine, PV; Charbonneau, P, Learning about Biomolecular Solvation from Water in Protein Crystals., The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B: Condensed Matter, Materials, Surfaces, Interfaces and Biophysical, vol. 122 no. 9 (March, 2018), pp. 2475-2486 [doi]  [abs].
  3. Berthier, L; Charbonneau, P; Flenner, E; Zamponi, F, Origin of Ultrastability in Vapor-Deposited Glasses., Physical Review Letters, vol. 119 no. 18 (November, 2017), pp. 188002 [doi]  [abs].
  4. Berthier, L; Charbonneau, P; Coslovich, D; Ninarello, A; Ozawa, M; Yaida, S, Configurational entropy measurements in extremely supercooled liquids that break the glass ceiling., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, vol. 114 no. 43 (October, 2017), pp. 11356-11361 [doi]  [abs].
  5. Charbonneau, P; Li, YC; Pfister, HD; Yaida, S, Cycle-expansion method for the Lyapunov exponent, susceptibility, and higher moments., Physical review. E, vol. 96 no. 3-1 (September, 2017), pp. 032129 [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