Current Members

Group Leader

Patrick Charbonneau
Associate Professor of Chemistry, Physics and CBB Program

Ph.D. Harvard University
B.Sc. McGill University
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Originally from Montreal, Patrick Charbonneau obtained his Ph.D. in chemical physics from Harvard University in 2006 and was then a Marie-Curie Fellow at Amolf, in Amsterdam, before joining Duke in 2008.

Charbonneau’s research focuses on the glass problem and on colloidal and protein self-assembly, using both theory and numerical simulations. He has thus far published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers on these topics, and co-organized a number of workshops, including “Particulate Matter: Does Dimensionality Matter?” in Dresden in 2010 and “Unifying Concepts in Glass Physics VI” in Aspen in 2015. Since joining Duke, Charbonneau has earned a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a Sloan Fellowship, and an Oak Ridge National Lab Ralph E. Powe award, and been granted various visiting scientist positions.


Graduate Students

Irem Altan
Office:  5328 FFSC
Email:  irem.altan AT

Yi Hu
Office: 5328 FFSC AT


Posdoctoral Fellows

Joyjit Kundu
Office: 5328 FFSC
joyjit.kundu AT

Sho Yaida
Office:  5328 FFSC
Email:  sho.yaida AT


Visiting Scholar

Glenn Palmer
(Duke '14)


Former Members

Dr. Lin Fu
Ph.D. (Ph.D., 2017)

Dr. Yuan Zhuang
Ph.D. (Ph.D., 2016)

Dr. ​Diana Fusco
Ph.D. (Ph.D., 2014)

Dr. Kai Zhang
Ph.D. (Ph.D., 2012)

Dr. Raffaele Tavarone
TU Berlin visitor (2014-2015)  

Dr. Yuliang Jin
Postdoctoral Associate (2012-2015)

Dr. Pablo Palafox-Hernandez
Postdoctoral Associate (2011-2012)

Cathy Li
Associate in Research (2016-2017, Duke '16)

Daming Li
Undergraduate researcher (2015)

Hao Zhao
Undergraduate researcher (2014, Duke '17)

Giulia Carra
ENS visitor (2013)

David Sandberg
MRSEC REU (2014)

Samuel Wentworth
MRSEC REU (2013)

Timothy Barnum
Chemistry REU Participant (2012)