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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 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
  • Email Address:
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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:

  • 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 (2018) [10.1098/rstb.2017.0320] [abs].
  • 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 (2018), pp. 1700470-1700470 [10.1002/ppsc.201700470] [abs].
  • 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 (2018) [10.1063/1.5029464] [abs].
  • Hu, Y; Fu, L; Charbonneau, P, Correlation lengths in quasi-one-dimensional systems via transfer matrices, Molecular Physics (2018), pp. 1-10 [10.1080/00268976.2018.1479543] [abs].
  • Hu, Y; Charbonneau, P, Clustering and assembly dynamics of a one-dimensional microphase former., Soft Matter (2018) [10.1039/c8sm00315g] [abs].

Affiliate Topics in Materials Research: