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Patrick Charbonneau, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics and Associate Chair of Chemistry


Patrick Charbonneau

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.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  5329 French Science, 124 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 613-6261
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2018):

    Gross Hall 104, MWF 08:45 AM-09:35 AM
    Gross Hall 104, MWF 08:45 AM-09:35 AM


BSMcGill University, Montreal2013
Ph.D.Harvard University2006
B.S.McGill University (Canada)2001


Theory and Modeling
Chemical Physics
Theoretical condensed matter physics

Research Interests:

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.


Cold Temperature • Crystallization • Dimerization • Electric Conductivity • Electric Wiring • Glass • Hydrodynamics • Kinetics • Macromolecular Substances • Materials Testing • Membranes, Artificial • Models, Chemical • Models, Molecular • Molecular Conformation • Molecular Dynamics Simulation • Nanotubes • Normal Distribution • Particle Size • Phase Transition • Proteins • Refractometry • Silver • Solutions • Surface Properties • Thermodynamics

Curriculum Vitae

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)
  • Yuan Zhuang  
  • Lin Fu  
  • Diana Fusco  

Postdocs Mentored
  • Yuliang Jin (2013)  
  • Pablo Palafox (2011 - 2012)  

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; Flenner, E; Zamponi, F, Origin of Ultrastability in Vapor-Deposited Glasses, Physical Review Letters, vol. 119 no. 18 (November, 2017) [doi]
  5. 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]

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