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Patrick Charbonneau


Professor of Chemistry

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.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor of Chemistry
  • Professor of Physics

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 5329 French Science, 124 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: +1 919 613 6261
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  • Ph.D. Harvard University, 2006
  • B.S. McGill University (Canada), 2001

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Journal of Chemical Physics Top Reviewer. Journal of Chemical Physics. 2018
  • Journal of Chemical Physics Top Reviewer. Journal of Chemical Physics. 2016
  • Top 20 Reviewers for 2012. Journal of Chemical Physics. 2013
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. 2013
  • Mention of Teaching Excellence. Duke University. 2012
  • Open Eye Award. American Chemical Society. 2011
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. National Science Foundation. 2011
  • Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award. Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 2009

Courses Taught

  • POE 105: Spring Breakthrough
  • HISTORY 89S: First-Year Seminar
  • CHEM 89S: First-Year Seminar
  • CHEM 544: Statistical Mechanics
  • CHEM 543: Statistical Thermodynamics
  • CHEM 496: Graduation with Distinction in Chemistry
  • CHEM 494: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 493: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 394: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 393: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 295: Introduction to Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 130L: The Chemistry and Physics of Cooking

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Altan, I; Charbonneau, P; James, S; Quinn, M; McManus, J; Khan, A, Data and scripts from: Using Schematic Models to Understand the Microscopic Basis for Inverted Solubility in gammaD-crystallin (2019) [10.7924/r4fq9v942] [abs].
  • 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 (2019) [10.1063/1.5097175] [abs].