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

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

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 & Particle Systems Characterization 35.7 (July 2018): 1700470-1700470. 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

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-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.