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 Chair 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 81S: Introduction to Research in Chemistry
  • CHEM 89S: First-Year Seminar
  • 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
  • CHEM 990-4: Special Topics in Physical Chemistry

In the News:

Representative Publications:

  • Hu, Y; Charbonneau, P, Clustering and assembly dynamics of a one-dimensional microphase former., Soft Matter (2018) [10.1039/c8sm00315g] [abs].
  • 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 (2018), pp. 2475-2486 [10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b09898] [abs].
  • Berthier, L; Charbonneau, P; Flenner, E; Zamponi, F, Origin of Ultrastability in Vapor-Deposited Glasses., Physical Review Letters, vol 119 no. 18 (2017) [10.1103/physrevlett.119.188002] [abs].
  • 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 (2017), pp. 11356-11361 [10.1073/pnas.1706860114] [abs].
  • Charbonneau, P; Li, YC; Pfister, HD; Yaida, S, Cycle-expansion method for the Lyapunov exponent, susceptibility, and higher moments., Physical review. E, vol 96 no. 3-1 (2017) [10.1103/physreve.96.032129] [abs].