Nature produces materials with highly attractive sets of properties which can inspire new strategies for stronger, tougher, lighter, smarter and more sustainable engineering materials. in our lab we (1) characterize the structure, mechanics and multi-functionalities of natural materials, and (2) design, fabricate and test novel high-performance engineering materials and systems inspired by nature. Our current models include mollusk shells, bone, teeth, collagen, fish scales and osteoderms.

Our daily activities involve micromechanics, fracture mechanics, modeling of nonlinear and dissipative processes in materials, contact and impact mechanics, finite elements modeling, optimization, laser engraving, 3D printing, experimental mechanics and also a bit of biology.

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Recent News

October 2016: A new Commentary piece in Science

April 2106: Our most recent article on interfaces in biological materials is out now:

November 2015: Are biological materials "architectured" materials? Read our review article here

Our work is featured in Nature and Science



Francois Barthelat
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
McGill University
MacDonald 367
817 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2K6

Tel.: 514-398-6318
Fax.: 514-398-7365

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Francois Barthelat | MacDonald 150| 817 Sherbrooke Street West | Montreal, Quebec H3A 2K6| Canada
Phone: 514-398-6318 Fax: 514-398-7365