Experimental and Computational Micro-Characterization Techniques in Wood Mechanics

Curriculum Vitae


Education/Professional Career

1980:

University of Heidelberg (M.Sc.)

1983:

University of Heidelberg (PhD in Cell Biology)

1983-1985:

Federal Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Berlin – Res. Ass.

since 1985:

Senior Research Scientist at the Federal Research Centre for Forestry and Forest Products (BFH), Hamburg

2004-2007:

Head of the Institute for Wood Biology and Wood Protection of the Federal Research Centre for Forestry and Forest Products (BFH), Hamburg, Germany

since 2008:

Team leader Biology in the Institute for Wood Technology and Wood Biology (HTB) of the Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries (Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute / vTI), Hamburg, Germany

Others

  • Member of the "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Holzforschung" (German Association of Wood Research) - Permanent member of commission FA-1 "Biological Research".
  • Member of the International Association of Wood Anatomists (IAWA).
  • Elected Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science ( IAWS); member of the Executive Committee, since 2002
  • Member of the "Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft" (German Botanical Society).
  • Consultant to projects in bilateral and multilateral aid projects of Technical Cooperation (Southeast Asia, South America, New Zealand).
  • National delegate to the management committee of the EU-COST Action E 50 (Cell Wall Macromolecules and Reaction Wood) and vice-chair person of Working Group 2, 2006-2011.
  • Appointed lecturer at the University of Educational Cooperation Mosbach - section Wood Technology.

Research Projects (relevant to Action)

    • Electron microscopic studies of wood, bark and wood composites.
    • Growth periodicity of European and tropical tree species ("pinning" technique) with special regard to climate response.
    • Wound reactions of the xylem of native and tropical wood species.
    • Localization of cell wall components.
    • The course of delignification in wood during pulping.
    • Fine structure of monocots (bamboo, rattan palms).
    • Studies related to human health hazards caused by wood dust.

    Selected Publications (relevant to Action)