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Patrick Charbonneau


Associate 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

  • Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Associate Professor of Physics

Contact Information

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

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • 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

  • CHEM 89S: First-Year Seminar
  • CHEM 130L: The Chemistry and Physics of Cooking
  • CHEM 393: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 394: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 493: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 494: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 543: Statistical Thermodynamics
  • CHEM 544: Statistical Mechanics
  • MATH 89S: First-Year Seminar
  • PHYSICS 493: Research Independent Study

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Charbonneau, P; Kundu, J; Berthier, L, Data from: Finite-dimensional vestige of spinodal criticality above the dynamical glass transition (2020) [10.7924/r4jh3m094] [abs].
  • Charbonneau, P; Kundu, J, Postponing the dynamical transition density using competing interactions, Granular Matter, vol 22 no. 3 (2020) [10.1007/s10035-020-0998-z] [abs].
  • Berthier, L; Fullerton, CJ; Flenner, E; Charbonneau, P, Data from: Front-mediated melting of isotropic ultrastable glasses (2019) [10.7924/r4542pd2c] [abs].
  • 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].
  • Altan, I; Quinn, M; McManus, J; James, S; Charbonneau, P; Khan, A, Data and scripts from: temperature-dependent interactions explain normal and inverted solubility in a γD-crystallin mutant (2019) [10.7924/r49w0dx6s] [abs].