Tobin Filleter

PhD, P.Eng

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Tel: 416-978-5877
Office: MB115
Research Group: NanoMechanics and Materials Laboratory (NanoM2)

Research Areas

Mechanics & Design

Research Interests

Nanomechanics of advanced materials; Nanotribology of ultrathin films and lubricants; MEMS based in-situ SEM/TEM characterization; Energy efficient nanomaterials; Multiscale mechanics of hierarchical fibers/composites; Tribology of MEMS/NEMS.


Tobin Filleter is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the MIE department at U of T, Dr. Filleter was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University (2009-2012). Dr. Filleter received a BSc (Eng.) in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University (2003) and PhD in Physics from McGill University (2009). During his PhD Dr. Filleter also spent time in Germany as a visiting scientist at the INM-Leibniz Institute for New Materials.

Professor Filleter’s research interests are in nanomechanics and nanotribology. Specific areas of research include size-scale plasticity in nanostructures, energy efficient nanomaterials, friction and wear of ultrathin films, in-situ electron microscopy testing, MEMS, and multi-scale mechanics. He has authored papers in many top international journals including Nano Letters, Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, Small, and Physical Review Letters. He is the recipient of several major awards including the 2014 I.W. Smith Award.

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