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.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. 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].
  2. Berthier, L; Charbonneau, P; Kundu, J, Bypassing sluggishness: SWAP algorithm and glassiness in high dimensions., Physical Review. E, vol. 99 no. 3-1 (March, 2019), pp. 031301 [doi]  [abs].
  3. Charbonneau, P; Corwin, EI; Fu, L; Tsekenis, G; van der Naald, M, Glassy, Gardner-like phenomenology in minimally polydisperse crystalline systems., Physical Review. E, vol. 99 no. 2-1 (February, 2019), pp. 020901 [doi]  [abs].
  4. Biroli, G; Charbonneau, P; Hu, Y, Dynamics around the site percolation threshold on high-dimensional hypercubic lattices., Physical Review. E, vol. 99 no. 2-1 (February, 2019), pp. 022118 [doi]  [abs].
  5. Charbonneau, P; Hu, Y; Raju, A; Sethna, JP; Yaida, S, Morphology of renormalization-group flow for the de Almeida-Thouless-Gardner universality class., Physical Review. E, vol. 99 no. 2-1 (February, 2019), pp. 022132 [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