Experimental and Computational Micro-Characterization Techniques in Wood Mechanics

Curriculum Vitae


  • In-situ testing techniques to combine micromechanical characterization with nanostructural examination
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    Selected Publications (relevant to Action)

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    Salmén L, Burgert I (2009) Cell wall features with regard to mechanical performance. Holzforschung 63: 121-129.

    Goswami L, Dunlop JWC, Jungnikl K, Eder M, Gierlinger N, Coutand C, Jeronimidis G, Fratzl P, Burgert I (2008) Stress generation in tension wood of poplar is based on the lateral swelling power of the G-layer. The Plant Journal 56: 531-538.

    Rüggeberg M, Speck T, Paris O, Lapierre C, Pollet B, Koch G, Burgert I (2008) Stiffness gradients in vascular bundles of palm trees. Proc. R. Soc. B 275: 2221-2229.

    Eder M, Stanzl-Tschegg SE, Burgert I (2008) The fracture behaviour of single wood fibres is governed by geometrical constraints – In-situ ESEM studies on three fibre types. Wood Sci. Technol. 42:679–689

    Burgert I, Eder M, Gierlinger N, Fratzl P (2007) Tensile and compressive stresses in tracheids are induced by swelling based on geometrical constraints of the wood cell. Planta 226: 981-987.

    Burgert I (2006) Exploring the micromechanical design of plant cell walls. American Journal of Botany 93: 1391-1401. 

    Gierlinger N, Schwanninger M, Reinecke A, Burgert I (2006) Molecular changes during tensile deformation of single wood fibers followed by Raman microscopy. Biomacromolecules 7: 2077 – 2081.

    Keckes J, Burgert I, Frühmann K, Müller M, Kölln K, Hamilton M, Burghammer M, Roth SV, Stanzl-Tschegg SE, Fratzl P (2003) Cell wall recovery after irreversible deformation of wood.  Nature Materials 2: 810-814.

    Frühmann K, Burgert I, Tschegg EK, Stanzl-Tschegg SE (2003) Detection of the fracture path under tensile loads through in situ tests in an ESEM chamber. Holzforschung 57: 326-332.

    Burgert I, Frühmann K, Keckes J, Fratzl P, Tschegg SE (2003) Microtensile testing of wood fibers combined with video extensometry for efficient strain detection. Holzforschung 57: 661-664.

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    Education/Professional Career

    1990-1995:

    Wood Science and Technology studies, University of Hamburg, Germany

    1996-2000:

    Doctoral thesis at the University of Hamburg, Germany

    1996-2000:

    Institute for Wood Biology, University of Hamburg, interim leave of
    absence 07-08/2000 Monbusho Research Fellow, University of Nagoya, Japan

    2000-2003:

    Institute of Materials Science and Physics, BOKU – University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria – Postdoc

    since 11/2003:

    Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Department of Biomaterials - Research group leader “Plant Biomechanics and Biomimetics”

    2007:

    “Habilitation” at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin in Plant Biology

    Others

    Research Projects (relevant to Action)

    • Micromechanical properties of genetically modified wood of various species
    • Stress generation in reaction wood of trees