• Bio-inspired fabrication and characterization of a synthetic fish skin for soft materials protection N. Funk, M. Vera, L. Szewciw, F. Barthelat, M. Stoykovich and  F. Vernerey. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 7, p5972-83 (2015) PDF 
  • Mechanical properties of chromium–chromium sulfide cermets fabricated by self-propagating high-temperature synthesis  A. Nabavi, S. Goroshin, D.L. Frost and F. Barthelat. To appear in the Journal of Materials Science.
  • A laser engraved glass duplicating the structure, mechanics and performance of natural nacre M. Mirkhalaf and F. Barthelat. Bioinspiration and Biomimetics 10 026005 (2015). PDF  featured article
  • Teleost fish scales amongst the toughest collagenous materials A.K. Dastjerdi and F. Barthelat. To appear in the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials.
  • Self-assembly of millions of microscopic tablets within polymer thin films: a possible pathway towards bio-inspired hybrid materials and coatings  M. Mirkhalaf, C. Barrett and F. Barthelat To appear in RSC Advances.


  • Strain rate hardening: a hidden but critical mechanism for biological composites? R.K. Chintapalli, S. Breton, A.K. Dastjerdi and F. Barthelat. Acta Biomaterialia 10(12) p 5064-73 (2014) PDF
  • Designing nacre-like materials for simultaneous stiffness, strength and toughness: optimum materials, composition, microstructure and size F. Barthelat. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 73, p 22-37 (2014) PDF 
  • A novel method for net-shape manufacturing of metal–metal sulfide cermets A. Nabavi, A. Capozzi, S. Goroshin, D.L. Frost and F. Barthelat.Journal of Materials Research 49, p 8095-8106 (2014) PDF
  • Skin and scales of teleost fish: Simple structure but high performance and multiple functions  F. J. Vernerey and F. Barthelat Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 68, p 66-76 (2014) PDF
Fabrication, testing and modeling of a new flexible armor inspired from natural fish scales and osteoderms  R. Chintapalli, M. MirkhalafA. K. Dastjerdi and F. Barthelat. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics 9 (2014) 036005  PDF Featured Article, Editor's pick for 2014

Featured  in Discovery News

  • Mechanics of Fish skin: A computational approach for bio-inspired flexible composites  F. Vernerey, K. Musiket and F. Barthelat. International Journal of Solids and Structures 51 (1), pp. 274-283 (2014)  PDF


The quest for stiff, strong and tough hybrid materials: an exhaustive exploration  F. Barthelat and M. Mirkhalaf. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 10 p. 20130711 (2013) PDF

Featured in Nature Materials

  • Ultrasonic Phosphate Bonding of Nanoparticles D.C. Bassett, G. Merle, B. Lennox, R. Rabiei, F. Barthelat, L.M. Grover, J.E. Barralet. Advanced Materials 25 (41) , pp. 5953-5958 (2013)
  • Indentation of poroviscoelastic vocal fold tissue using an atomic force microscope H.K. Heris, A.K. Miri, U. Tripathy, F. Barthelat, L. Mongeau".  Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials 28 , pp. 383-392 (2013)
  • Insertion Profiles of 4 Headless Compression Screws A. Hart, E.J. Harvey, L.P. Lefebvre, F. Barthelat, R. Rabiei, P. Martineau, Journal of Hand Surgery  38 (9) , pp. 1728-1734 (2013)

  • Direct measurement of the cohesive law of adhesives using a rigid double cantilever beam technique A. K. Dastjerdi, E. Tan and F. Barthelat.  Experimental Mechanics 53(9), pp 1763-1772 (2013) PDF 
  • Puncture resistance of the scaled skin from striped bass: collective mechanisms and inspiration for new flexible armor designs D. Zhu, L. Szewciw, F. Vernerey, and F. Barthelat.Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials 24 p. 30-34 (2013) PDF
  • Hierarchical structure, mechanical properties and fabrication of biomimetic biomaterials R Rabiei, A K Dastjerdi, M Mirkhalaf and F Barthelat in Biomimetic biomaterials: Structure and applications A J Ruys, Woodhead Publishing (2013)
  • Biomimetic Hard Materials M.Mirkhalaf, D. Zhu and F. Barthelat in Engineered Biomimicry A. Lakhtakia, R. J. Martin-Palma Eds. Elsevier (2013)
  • Intricate Multiscale Mechanical Behaviors of Natural Fish-Scale Composites D. Zhu, F. Barthelat and F. Vernerey in Handbook of Micromechanics and Nanomechanics S.Li, X. Gao Eds. Pan Stanford Publishing (2013)
  • An improved failure criterion for biological and engineered staggered composites F. Barthelat, A. K. Dastjerdi and R. Rabiei. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 10 p. 20120849 (2013) PDF
  • Science and engineering of natural materials: merging structure and materials F. Barthelat. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials 19 p. 1-2 (2013) PDF
  • The weak interfaces within tough natural composites: experiments on three types of nacre A. K. Dastjerdi, R. Rabiei and F. Barthelat. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials 19 p. 50-60 (2013) PDF


  • The mechanical performance of a biomimetic nanointerface made of multilayered polyelectrolytes S. Cavelier, C. J. Barrett and F. Barthelat. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry (32) p 5380-5389 (2012)invited PDF
  • The micromechanics of biological and biomimetic staggered composites S. Bekah, R. Rabiei and F. Barthelat. Journal of Bionic Engineering 9 (4) p. 446-456 (2012) invited PDF
  • Cohesive behavior of soft biological adhesives: Experiments and modeling A. Khayer Dastjerdi, M. Pagano, M.T. Kaartinen, M.D. McKee and F. Barthelat. Acta Biomaterialia 8 (9) p. 3349-3359 (2012) PDF
  • In-situ mechanical testing of hydrated biological nanofibers using a nanoindenter transducer J. Poissant and F. Barthelat. Experimental Mechanics 52(9) p. 1287-1295 (2012) PDF
  • Effects of Dehydration on the Viscoelastic Properties of Vocal Folds in Large Deformations A.K. Miri, F. Barthelat and L. Mongeau. Journal of Voice 26(6) p. 688-697 (2012) PDF
  • Nacre from mollusk shells: Inspiration for high performance nanocomposites R. Rabiei, S. Bekah and F. Barthelat in Natural Polymers, Volume II: Natural Polymer Nanocomposites M.J. John and S. Thomas Eds. Royal Society of Chemistry (2012)
  • Bio-inspired Tapered Fibers for Composites with Superior Toughness H. Humburg, D. Zhu, S. Beznia and F. Barthelat. Composites Science and Technology 72 (9) , p 1012-1019 (2012) PDF
  • Structure and mechanical performance of a “modern” fish scale D. Zhu, C.F. Ortega, R. Motamedi, L. Szewciw, F. Vernerey, and F. Barthelat. Advanced Biomaterials 14 (4) , p B185-B194(2012, Cover) PDF
  • Net shape manufacturing of a novel cermet using self-propagating high temperature synthesis A. Nabavi, A.Cappozi, S. Goroshin, D. and F. Barthelat. TMS Annual Meeting Proceedings (2012)

  • Multiscale Mechanics and Optimization of Gastropod Shells M. Yourdkhani, D. Pasini and F. Barthelat. Journal of Bionic Engineering 8(4) p 357-368 (2011) PDF
  • Structure, Scaling and Performance of Natural Micro- and Nanocomposites S. Bekah, R. Rabiei and F. Barthelat. BioNanoScience 1(1-2) p 53-61 (2011) PDF invited 
  • A Novel Biomimetic Material Duplicating the Structure and Mechanics of Natural Nacre F. Barthelat & D. Zhu. Journal of Materials Research 26(10) p 1203-1215 (2011) PDF
  • Toughness Amplification in Natural Composites F. Barthelat & R. Rabiei. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 59 (2011) p.829-840 PDF

  • Nacre from mollusk shells: a model for high-performance structural materials F. Barthelat. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, Special issue on the biomimetics of aquatic life: applications for engineering (invited paper) 5(3) p. 1-8 (2010) PDF invited, featured article
  • On the Mechanics of FishScale Structures F. Vernerey and F. Barthelat. International Journal of Solids and Structures 47(17): p. 2268-2275 (2010) PDF
  • Failure mode transition in nacre and bone-like materials R. Rabiei, S. Bekah and F. Barthelat. Acta Biomaterialia 6 (2010) p. 4081–4089 PDF
  • A Novel Subset Splitting Procedure for Digital Image Correlation on Discontinuous Displacement Fields J. Poissant and F. Barthelat. Experimental Mechanics 50 (3): p. 353-364 (2010) PDF
  • Merger of structure and material in nacre and bone – Perspectives on de novo biomimetic materials H.D. Espinosa, J.E. Rim, F. Barthelat and M.J. Buehler. Progress in Materials Science 54 (8), p 1059-1100 (2009) PDF
  • Micromechanics of fracture in sheet and columnar nacre F. Barthelat and F., Rabiei. Proceedings of the SEM Annual Conference (2009)
  • A novel digital image correlation procedure for discontinuous displacement fields J. Poissant and F, Barthelat. Proceedings of the SEM Annual Conference (2009)

2008 and before

  • A Review on the Structure and Mechanical Properties of Mollusk Shells - Perspectives on Synthetic Biomimetic Materials F. Barthelat, J. Rim, and H.D. Espinosa. in Applied Scanning Probe Methods XIII. B. Bhushan and H. Fuchs Eds. Springer, p 1059-1100 (2008) PDF
  • Biomimetics for next generation materials F. Barthelat. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 365, p 2907-2919 (2007) PDF
  • An Experimental Investigation of Deformation and Fracture of Nacre-Mother of Pearl F. Barthelat and H.D. Espinosa. Experimental Mechanics 47 (3), p 311-324 (2007) PDF
  • An Elasto-Viscoplastic Interface Model for Investigating the Constitutive Behavior of Nacre H. Tang, F. Barthelat and H.D. Espinosa. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids. 55 (7), p 1410-1438 (2007). PDF
  • On the mechanics of mother-of-pearl: A key feature in the material hierarchical structure F. Barthelat, H. Tang, P.D. Zavattieri, C.-M. Li and H.D. Espinosa. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids. 55 (2), p 306-337 (2007). PDF JMPS Top-10 Cited
  • Mechanical Properties of Nacre Constituents and Their Impact on Mechanical Performance F. Barthelat, C.M. Li, C. Comi and H.D. Espinosa. Journal of Materials Research 21 (8), p 1977-1986 (2006). PDF
  • Dynamic Failure of Metallic Pyramidal Truss Core Materials - Experiment and Modeling S. Lee, F. Barthelat, J.W. Hutchinson and H.D. Espinosa. International Journal of Plasticity 22 (11), p 2118-2145 (2006). PDF
  • Deformation Rate Effects on Failure Modes of Open-Cell Al Foams and Textile Cellular Materials S. Lee, F. Barthelat, N. Moldovan, H.D. Espinosa and H.N.G. Wadley. International Journal of Solids and Structures 43 (1), p 53-73 (2006). PDF
  • Mechanics Considerations for Microporous Titanium as an orthopedic implant material S. Thelen, F. Barthelat and L. C. Brinson. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research 69A (4), p 601-610 (2004). PDF
  • Dynamic Torsion Testing of Nanocrystalline Coatings Using High-Speed Photography and Digital Image Correlation F. Barthelat, Z. Wu, B.C. Prorok and H.D. Espinosa. Experimental Mechanics 43 (3), p 331-340 (2003) PDF Hetényi Award
  • Quasi-Static and Dynamic Torsion Testing of Ceramic Micro and Nano-Structured Coating Using Speckle Photography F. Barthelat, K. Malukhin, and H.D. Espinosa in Recent Advances in Experimental Mechanics E.E. Gdoutos, I.M Daniel Eds. Springer (2002)

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