Welcome to Professor Patrick Charbonneau's Group Page


Graduate students and postdocs interested in joining Prof. Charbonneau's lab are encouraged to contact us.


  • Apr. 2016   Prof. Charbonneau's glass-forming liquids featured in French popular science magazine, La Recherche. Here is the link to the article.
  • 04/11/2016 Professor Patrick Charbonneau and an international team of physicists have been awarded four years of support from the Simons Foundation to seek a clearer understanding of the physics of glass. More information about this team can be found here.
  • 02/29/2016 Yuan Zhuang has recently made a breakthrough in the description of the periodic microphases. The results can be found in Physical Review Letters.
  • 03/19/2015 Congratulations to Prof. Charbonneau who has received tenure from Duke University and promotion to Associate Professor!
  • 03/15/2015 Congratulations to Irem Altan who has been awarded an MCC Travel Grant to attend "The Physics of Protein Self-Assembly" on 06/22/2015.
  • 01/15/2015 Patrick Charbonneau hosts seminar in Paris to his experience teaching an introdustry-level science class on melding chemistry and cuisine at Duke University. Please view the seminar, here.
  • 11/11/2014 Patrick Charbonneau gets interviewed by the American Scientist, talking about his understanding of the glass problem. Find the podcast and the full text on American Scientist.
  • 06/03/2014 Il "ritratto" del vetro dipinto da Patrick e collaboratori fa scalpore in Italia (clicca qui, qui, qui, e ancora qui)!
  • 04/24/2014 Patrick Charbonneau and co-workers have identified a new transition in glasses. More details can be found in their recent Nature Communications and on Duke Today.
  • 11/29/2013 Congratulations to Diana Fusco who has been selected to be a finalist for the GSNP Student Speaker Award at the 2014 APS March Meeting in Denver, Colorado.
  • 11/13/2013 Read more on how patchy spherical cow models help understand protein crystallization on the Duke Research Blog, which highlights the recent work by Diana Fusco, Prof. Charbonneau and collarborators published in Soft Matter.
  • 08/06/2013 The recently publiblished work by Diana Fusco and Prof. Patrick Charbonneau on patchy particle models for proteins has been selected by Physical Review E Kaleidoscope for its graphics!
  • 07/16/2013 Prof. Patrick Charbonneau's simulations of glasses in higher dimensions could have important implications for the degree of disorder in 3-D glasses. Read more on the Smithsonian Magazine blog.
  • 02/14/2013 Congratulations to Prof. Charbonneau who has received a prestigious 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship!
  • 12/03/2012 Prof. Charbonneau will lead a first-year seminar on the chemistry and physics of cooking this upcoming spring semester. Find out more at the Duke Research Blog here and here.
  • 11/13/2012 Prof. Charbonneau and his collaborators have taken a fresh look at disordered packings of spheres. Their latest simulations reveal the surprising universality of the phenomenon and also unexpected features (see more in PRL). A recent profile of Prof. Charbonneau also recently appeared in Science News.
  • 08/27/2012 Patrick Charbonneau and his collaborators have taken another crack at understanding the nature of glass. Their latest simulations show that a key assumption of theoretical chemists and physicists to explain the molecular structure of glass is wrong (see PNAS and a Duke research report).
  • 08/13/2012 Congratulations to Diana Fusco, who was granted the Paul M. Gross merit fellowship for the Spring 2013.
  • 08/10/2012 Congratulations to Prof. Charbonneau, who received a mention for teaching excellence for the Spring 2012's Chem 166 from Duke's Dean of Arts and Science and Dean of Academic Affairs.
  • 08/03/2012 Congratulations to Timothy Barnum, a summer researcher in the Charbonneau group, who won the Chemistry REU presentation award.
  • Jan 2012 Prof. Charbonneau and collaborators have taken another crack at the glass problem. Read more in the recent issue of Physical Review Letters .
  • March 2012 Congratulations to Prof. Patrick Charbonneau, who has been named a winner of the highly competitive ACS HP Outstanding Junior Faculty Award for 2012. Prof. Charbonneau will be recognized at the ACS National Meeting in San Diego this spring, at which he will make a research presentation.
  • Oct 2011 Prof. Charbonneau and collaborators have made significant progress on the glass problem by examining its dimensional dependence. Read more in their recent Physical Review Letters and at Duke Research.
  • Congratulations to Prof. Patrick Charbonneau! The National Science Foundation has awarded a Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) to Prof. Patrick Charbonneau. Charbonneau will use the projected five-year award to understand the self-assembly of crystallizing proteins and of colloidal microphases.