Patrick Charbonneau

Associate Professor of Chemistry

External Address: 
5329 French Science, 124 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90347, Durham, NC 27708-0347
(919) 613-6261


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.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Harvard University 2006

  • B.S., McGill University (Canada) 2001

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Training Program awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2005 to 2021

SUPPLEMENT: Cracking the Glass Problem awarded by Simons Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2019

GAANN - Department of Chemistry awarded by Department of Education (Mentor). 2015 to 2018

Continuous Acoustofluidic Confinement for the Manufacture of Functional, Entropically Ordered awarded by National Science Foundation (Investigator). 2014 to 2017

CAREER: Soft Matter Self-Assembly: Protein Crystallization and Collodial Microphase Formation awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2016

Structural Biology and Biophysics Training Program awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 1994 to 2015

Charbonneau, P, and Yaida, S. "Nontrivial Critical Fixed Point for Replica-Symmetry-Breaking Transitions." Physical review letters 118.21 (May 26, 2017): 215701-. Full Text Open Access Copy

Pham, AT, Zhuang, Y, Detwiler, P, Socolar, JES, Charbonneau, P, and Yellen, BB. "Phase diagram and aggregation dynamics of a monolayer of paramagnetic colloids." Physical review. E 95.5-1 (May 12, 2017): 052607-. Full Text Open Access Copy

Fu, L, Bian, C, Shields, CW, Cruz, DF, López, GP, and Charbonneau, P. "Assembly of hard spheres in a cylinder: a computational and experimental study." Soft matter 13.18 (May 2017): 3296-3306. Full Text Open Access Copy

Charbonneau, P, Kurchan, J, Parisi, G, Urbani, P, and Zamponi, F. "Glass and Jamming Transitions: From Exact Results to Finite-Dimensional Descriptions." Annual Review of Condensed Matter Physics 8.1 (March 31, 2017): 265-288. Full Text Open Access Copy

Yaida, S, Berthier, L, Charbonneau, P, and Tarjus, G. "Point-to-set lengths, local structure, and glassiness." Physical review. E 94.3-1 (September 22, 2016): 032605-.

Zhuang, Y, and Charbonneau, P. "Recent Advances in the Theory and Simulation of Model Colloidal Microphase Formers." The journal of physical chemistry. B 120.32 (August 2016): 7775-7782. Full Text

Charbonneau, P, Corwin, EI, Parisi, G, Poncet, A, and Zamponi, F. "Universal Non-Debye Scaling in the Density of States of Amorphous Solids." Physical review letters 117.4 (July 22, 2016): 045503-. Full Text Open Access Copy

Berthier, L, Charbonneau, P, Jin, Y, Parisi, G, Seoane, B, and Zamponi, F. "Growing timescales and lengthscales characterizing vibrations of amorphous solids." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113.30 (July 8, 2016): 8397-8401. Full Text

Charbonneau, P, Dyer, E, Lee, J, and Yaida, S. "Linking dynamical heterogeneity to static amorphous order." Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment 2016.7 (July 1, 2016): 074004-074004. Full Text

Altan, I, Charbonneau, P, and Snell, EH. "Computational crystallization." Archives of biochemistry and biophysics 602 (July 2016): 12-20. (Review) Full Text