Current Members

Group Leader

Patrick Charbonneau
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics

Ph.D. Harvard University
B.Sc. McGill University
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Patrick Charbonneau is an associate professor of chemistry and physics. Originally from Montreal, he 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 soft matter 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 80 peer-reviewed papers on these topics, and co-organized a number of workshops, including “The Rough High-Dimensional Landscape Problem” at the KITP in 2019 and "The Physics of Protein Self-Assembly" at CECAM-HQ 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

Yi Hu
Office: 5328 FFSC AT

Mingyuan Zheng
Office: 5328 FFSC
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Posdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Bijoy Daga
Joint appointment with Bagnat Lab in Department of Cell Biology.
Office: 5328 FFSC
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Dr. Peter K Morse
Office: 5328 FFSC

Former Members

Dr. Irem Altan
Ph.D. student (Ph.D., 2019)

Dr. Lin Fu
Ph.D. student (Ph.D., 2017)

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

Dr. Diana Fusco
Ph.D. student (Ph.D., 2014)

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

Dr. Joyjit Kundu
Postdoctoral Fellow (2017-2019)

Dr. Sho Yaida
Postdoctoral Fellow (2014-2018)

Dr. Yuliang Jin
Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2015)

Ye Liang
MS student (M.Sc., 2019)

Zhen Yang
Undergraduate researcher (2019)

Caitlin Gish
Undergraduate researcher (2019)

Glenn Palmer
Research Associate (2017, Duke '14)

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

Daming Li
Undergraduate researcher (2015)

Hao Zhao
Undergraduate researcher (2014, Duke '17)

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

Giulia Carra
ENS visitor (2013)

David Sandberg
MRSEC REU (2014)

Samuel Wentworth
MRSEC REU (2013)

Timothy Barnum
Chemistry REU (2012)