Experimental and Computational Micro-Characterization Techniques in Wood Mechanics

Robert Schennach

Prof. Robert Schennach studied chemistry at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. After his PhD in Surface Science he went as a Postdoc with a Schrödinger Grant from the Austrian Science Fund to Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, U.S.A. There he focused on the oxidation of alloys studied from a surface science perspective. He stayed there as a visiting scientist until 2001, when he got a position at the Institute of Solid State Physics at Graz University of Technology. In Graz he built up expertise in reflection absorption infra red spectroscopy analysis of surfaces. He has about 45 publications in refereed journals and more than 100 contributions at scientific meetings. Currently he supervises 4 PhD students and three diploma students. Since March 2007 he is head of the “Christian Doppler Laboratory for surface chemical and physical fundamentals of paper strength” funded by the Christian Doppler Society.