Charbonneau Received NSF CAREER Award

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Prof. Patrick Charbonneau has received a five-year award of $450,000 through the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. Charbonneau will use the award to study soft materials, such as colloids, by theory and simulation. Under certain conditions, soft matter can be used to create complex and useful structures at very small scales. Charbonneau plans to investigate ways of controlling the assembly and dynamics of two kinds of soft matter: proteins and colloidal microphases. As part of the award, Charbonneau will also create a focus section on soft matter for Duke chemistry undergraduates. The National Science Foundation describes the CAREER Program as NSF’s “most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.”