Patrick Charbonneau

Patrick Charbonneau

Associate Professor of Chemistry

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

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

Soft Matter Simulation and Theory of the Crystal Assembly of Globular and Membrane Proteins awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2021

GAANN - Department of Chemistry awarded by Department of Education (Mentor). 2015 to 2019

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

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

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

Charbonneau, P, Hu, Y, Raju, A, Sethna, JP, and Yaida, S. "Morphology of renormalization-group flow for the de Almeida-Thouless-Gardner universality class." Physical Review E 99.2 (February 21, 2019). Full Text Open Access Copy

Charbonneau, P, Corwin, EI, Fu, L, Tsekenis, G, and Van Der Naald, M. "Glassy, Gardner-like phenomenology in minimally polydisperse crystalline systems." Physical Review E 99.2 (February 13, 2019). Full Text Open Access Copy

Biroli, G, Charbonneau, P, and Hu, Y. "Dynamics around the site percolation threshold on high-dimensional hypercubic lattices." Physical Review E 99.2 (February 12, 2019). Full Text Open Access Copy

Hu, Y, Fu, L, and Charbonneau, P. "Correlation lengths in quasi-one-dimensional systems via transfer matrices." Molecular Physics 116.21-22 (November 17, 2018): 3345-3354. Full Text Open Access Copy

Norman, J, Sorrell, EL, Hu, Y, Siripurapu, V, Garcia, J, Bagwell, J, Charbonneau, P, Lubkin, SR, and Bagnat, M. "Tissue self-organization underlies morphogenesis of the notochord." Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences 373.1759 (September 24, 2018). Full Text

Reyes, C, Fu, L, Suthanthiraraj, PPA, Owens, CE, Shields, CW, López, GP, Charbonneau, P, and Wiley, BJ. "The Limits of Primary Radiation Forces in Bulk Acoustic Standing Waves for Concentrating Nanoparticles." Particle and Particle Systems Characterization 35.7 (July 1, 2018). Full Text

Charbonneau, B, Charbonneau, P, and Szamel, G. "A microscopic model of the Stokes-Einstein relation in arbitrary dimension." The Journal of Chemical Physics 148.22 (June 2018): 224503-null. Full Text Open Access Copy

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

Bruno, AE, Charbonneau, P, Newman, J, Snell, EH, So, DR, Vanhoucke, V, Watkins, CJ, Williams, S, and Wilson, J. "Classification of crystallization outcomes using deep convolutional neural networks." Plos One 13.6 (January 2018): e0198883-null. Full Text Open Access Copy


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

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

Shields, W, Owens, C, Suthanthiraraj, PA, Reyes, C, Cruz, D, Fu, L, Wiley, B, Charbonneau, P, and Lopez, G. "Acoustic radiation forces for the rapid and programmable assembly of microparticles and nanoparticles.": AMER CHEMICAL SOC, March 13, 2016.

Yellen, B, Yang, Y, Yu, L, Charbonneau, P, Socolar, J, and Lopez, G. "Magnetically directed assembly and dynamic manipulation of binary colloidal crystals." April 7, 2013.

Barnum, TJ, Fusco, D, and Charbonneau, P. "Microscopic understanding of protein crystallization by large-scale analysis of experimental conditions." 245th National Spring Meeting of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS). April 7, 2013 - April 11, 2013. New Orleans, LA.: AMER CHEMICAL SOC, April 7, 2013.

Zhang, K, and Charbonneau, P. "Monte Carlo algorithms for studying microphase and cluster-crystal formers." 11th International Biorelated Polymer Symposium / 243rd National Spring Meeting of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS). March 25, 2012 - March 29, 2012. San Diego, CA.: AMER CHEMICAL SOC, March 25, 2012.

Charbonneau, B, Charbonneau, P, and Tarjus, G. "Geometrical frustration and static correlations in a simple glass former." January 18, 2012. Full Text

Charbonneau, P, Berthier, L, Ninarello, A, Ozawa, M, and Yaida, S. "Data and scripts from: Zero-temperature glass transition in two dimensions." (February 26, 2019). Full Text

Charbonneau, P, Tsekenis, G, van der Naald, M, Fu, L, and Corwin, EI. "Data and scripts from: Glassy, Gardner-like phenomenology in minimally polydisperse crystalline systems." (February 5, 2019). Full Text

Charbonneau, P, Szamel, G, and Charbonneau, B. "Data from: A microscopic model of the Stokes-Einstein Relation in arbitrary dimension." (May 29, 2018). Full Text