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.

Teaching (Fall 2018):

  • Chem 543.01, Statistitcal thermodynam Synopsis
    Gross hall 104, MWF 08:45 AM-09:35 AM
  • Chem 544.01, Statistical mechanics Synopsis
    Gross hall 104, MWF 08:45 AM-09:35 AM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Norman, J; Sorrell, EL; Hu, Y; Siripurapu, V; Garcia, J; Bagwell, J; Charbonneau, P; Lubkin, SR; Bagnat, M, Tissue self-organization underlies morphogenesis of the notochord., Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, vol. 373 no. 1759 (September, 2018) [doi]  [abs].
  2. Reyes, C; Fu, L; Suthanthiraraj, PPA; Owens, CE; Shields, CW; López, GP; Charbonneau, P; Wiley, BJ, The Limits of Primary Radiation Forces in Bulk Acoustic Standing Waves for Concentrating Nanoparticles, Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, vol. 35 no. 7 (July, 2018), pp. 1700470-1700470 [doi] .
  3. Hu, Y; Fu, L; Charbonneau, P, Correlation lengths in quasi-one-dimensional systems via transfer matrices, Molecular Physics (June, 2018), pp. 1-10 [doi] .
  4. Charbonneau, B; Charbonneau, P; Szamel, G, A microscopic model of the Stokes-Einstein relation in arbitrary dimension., The Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 148 no. 22 (June, 2018), pp. 224503 [doi]  [abs].
  5. Hu, Y; Charbonneau, P, Clustering and assembly dynamics of a one-dimensional microphase former., Soft Matter (March, 2018) [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