Patrick Charbonneau

Patrick Charbonneau

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Associate Professor of Physics (Secondary)

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

Zhuang, Yuan, and Patrick Charbonneau. “Equilibrium Phase Behavior of the Square-Well Linear Microphase-Forming Model.The Journal of Physical Chemistry. B, vol. 120, no. 26, July 2016, pp. 6178–88. Epmc, doi:10.1021/acs.jpcb.6b02167. Full Text Open Access Copy

McManus, J. J., et al. “The physics of protein self-assembly.” Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science, vol. 22, Apr. 2016, pp. 73–79. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.cocis.2016.02.011. Full Text Open Access Copy

Zhuang, Yuan, et al. “Equilibrium Phase Behavior of a Continuous-Space Microphase Former.Physical Review Letters, vol. 116, no. 9, Mar. 2016, p. 098301. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.116.098301. Full Text Open Access Copy

Fu, Lin, et al. “Hard sphere packings within cylinders.Soft Matter, vol. 12, no. 9, Mar. 2016, pp. 2505–14. Epmc, doi:10.1039/c5sm02875b. Full Text Open Access Copy

Tavarone, Raffaele, et al. “Kinetic Monte Carlo simulations for birefringence relaxation of photo-switchable molecules on a surface.The Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 144, no. 10, Mar. 2016, p. 104703. Epmc, doi:10.1063/1.4943393. Full Text Open Access Copy

Fusco, Diana, and Patrick Charbonneau. “Soft matter perspective on protein crystal assembly.Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces, vol. 137, Jan. 2016, pp. 22–31. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.colsurfb.2015.07.023. Full Text Open Access Copy

Owens, Crystal E., et al. “Highly parallel acoustic assembly of microparticles into well-ordered colloidal crystallites.Soft Matter, vol. 12, no. 3, Jan. 2016, pp. 717–28. Epmc, doi:10.1039/c5sm02348c. Full Text Open Access Copy

Berthier, Ludovic, et al. “Efficient measurement of point-to-set correlations and overlap fluctuations in glass-forming liquids.The Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 144, no. 2, Jan. 2016, p. 024501. Epmc, doi:10.1063/1.4939640. Full Text Open Access Copy

Tavarone, Raffaele, et al. “Phase ordering of zig-zag and bow-shaped hard needles in two dimensions.The Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 143, no. 11, Sept. 2015, p. 114505. Epmc, doi:10.1063/1.4930886. Full Text Open Access Copy