Nature produces materials with highly attractive sets of properties which can inspire new strategies for stronger, tougher, lighter, smarter and more sustainable engineering materials. At the Laboratory for Advanced Materials and Bioinspiration 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 daily activities involve micromechanics, fracture mechanics, nonlinear and dissipative processes in materials, contact mechanics, architectured materials, finite elements modeling, optimization, fabrication, experimental mechanics and also a bit of biology.

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Recent News

Are biological materials "architectured" materials? Read our latest review article here

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



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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McGill Faculty of Engineering | Department of Mechanical Engineering

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