Patrick Charbonneau

Patrick Charbonneau

Associate Professor of Physics

Office Location: 
5329 French Science, 124 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Front 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

Selected Grants

Soft Matter Simulation and Theory of the Crystal Assembly of Globular and Membrane Proteins awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2018 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

Altan, I, Fusco, D, Afonine, PV, and Charbonneau, P. "Learning about Biomolecular Solvation from Water in Protein Crystals." The journal of physical chemistry. B 122.9 (March 2018): 2475-2486. Full Text

Berthier, L, Charbonneau, P, Flenner, E, and Zamponi, F. "Origin of Ultrastability in Vapor-Deposited Glasses." Physical review letters 119.18 (November 2017): 188002-. Full Text Open Access Copy

Berthier, L, Charbonneau, P, Coslovich, D, Ninarello, A, Ozawa, M, and Yaida, S. "Configurational entropy measurements in extremely supercooled liquids that break the glass ceiling." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114.43 (October 10, 2017): 11356-11361. Full Text Open Access Copy

Charbonneau, P, Li, YC, Pfister, HD, and Yaida, S. "Cycle-expansion method for the Lyapunov exponent, susceptibility, and higher moments." Physical review. E 96.3-1 (September 18, 2017): 032129-. Full Text Open Access Copy

Zhuang, Y, and Charbonneau, P. "Communication: Microphase equilibrium and assembly dynamics." The Journal of chemical physics 147.9 (September 2017): 091102-. Full Text Open Access Copy

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


Charbonneau, P. "Gardner transition: A new lens for glasses." August 20, 2017.

Williams, S, Shewchuk, L, Charbonneau, P, and Orth, P. "Pre-competitive collaborations and co-operation for structural biology." August 20, 2017.