Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Research interests: nanostructured and amorphous materials for solid state hydrogen storage; nanostructure superconductors


Professor Robert Varin is a principal co-author of the book “Nanomaterials for Solid State Hydrogen Storage” published in 2009 by Springer Science&Business Media and so far, he has 143 refereed journal and 63 refereed conference papers to his credit.

Varin’s research is focused on nanomaterials for solid state hydrogen storage, with research activities encompassing grain boundary effects in polycrystals and relationships between microstructure, strength, ductility and fracture at low and high temperatures of intermetallic, metallic and non-metallic materials.

Varin obtained his MASc and PhD from the Warsaw University of Technology in Poland in 1972 and 1976, respectively. Before coming to Waterloo, he carried out research at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Varin joined the University of Waterloo’s Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1983 as a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. Varin’s many publications are extensively cited in international journals. He is a co-editor of seven conference proceedings and the recipient of a Silver Medal of Merit of the Military University of Technology in Warsaw, Poland.


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, 1976
  • MASc, Mechanical Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, 1972

Robert Varin

    University of Waterloo