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to the Laboratory for Advanced Materials and Bioinspiration at McGill University.In our labs we combine experimental, theoretical, computational and innovative fabrication approaches to develop better engineering materials inspired by nature, for a variety of applications.

Natural evolution has led to materials with highly attractive sets of properties which are not matched by engineering materials. These natural materials now inspire new strategies for stronger, tougher, lighter, smarter and more sustainable engineering materials. The Laboratory for Advanced Mateirals and Bioinspiration (formely Biomimetic Materials Laboratory) has two missions: (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.

Recent News

Our work is featured in Nature and Science

Our new bio-inspired toughened glass was selected as one of the top 10 discoveries in Quebec for 2014 by Quebec Science!

Our recent paper on a new flexible armor is selected as Highlight for 2014 in Bioinspiration and Biomimetics

We are on TV!
Explore our website to learn more about this exciting new area of research!


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

•   Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (2005) Northwestern University (USA)            
•   Master in Mechanical Engineering (1998)  University of Rochester (USA)              
•   Diplome d'Ingenieur (1997) Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Electricité et de Mécanique (France)
Professional Appointments
•   McGill University (Montreal, QC)
                Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering    (06/2012 – present)
                Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering    (09/2006 – 06/2012)
                Associate Member, Biomedical Engineering    (03/2007 – present)
                Associate Member, Bioengineering    (06/2013 – present)
•    Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)                 
            Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Mechanical Engineering (01/2006 - 09/2006)
            Supervisor: H.D. Espinosa
•    DataPointLabs (Ithaca, NY)                       
            Development Engineer, consultant in polymer testing   (12/1998 - 09/2000)

Distinctions and Awards

  • Top ten scientific discovery in Quebec of 2014 awarded by the magazine Quebec Science
  • Discovery Accelerator Supplement (2012), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • Best Paper Award,  Society for Experimental Mechanical (Biological Systems and Materials Division, 70 papers)
  • Paper highlighted for 2010 in the journal Bioinspiration and Biomimetics (2011)
  • Top-ten cited article in the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids over the past 5 years (2011)
  • Best Paper by a Young Researcher, 12th International Conference on Fracture, 700 papers (2009)
  • Hetényi Award for best research paper of the year published in Experimental Mechanics (2005)
  • Smith Terminal Year Fellowship, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University (2005)
  • Walter P. Murphy Fellowship, Northwestern University (2000)

Editorial Appointments

  • Scientific reports:  Editorial Board (Invited)
  • Bioinspiration and Biomimetics:  Editorial Board (Invited)
  • Experimental Mechanics:  Associate Editor (Invited)
  • Experimental Techniques:  Associate Editor (Invited)
  • Applied Mechanics Reviews:  Associate Editor (Invited)
  • Modeling and Numerical Simulation of Material Science:  Editorial Board (Invited)
  • Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials: Guest editor for a special issue“Merging Materials and Structures”

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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