Experimental and Computational Micro-Characterization Techniques in Wood Mechanics

Curriculum Vitae

Education/Professional Career


Doctor degree PhD (Physics)


Research Assistant, University of Vienna, Physics Department


Teaching qualification “Mag.rer.nat.” (Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry)


Assistant Professor, University of Vienna, Physics Department


Visiting Associate Professor, M.I.T. Cambridge, USA


Research member, Brown Boveri, Baden, CH


Habilitation - “Dozent” (Experimental Solid State Physics); University of Vienna


Associate Professor, University of Vienna, Physics Department


Scientific Guest ETH Zürich, CH


tit. Ao.Univ.-Prof. University of Vienna

since 1989:

Professor of Physics, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU)


Head of Institute of Meteorology and Physics (BOKU)


Head of Christian Doppler Laboratory for Fundamentals of Wood Machining


Head of Department of Materials Science and Process Engineering


Head of Institute of Physics and Materials Science



Theodor Körner Award


Kardinal Innitzer Award


Best paper of ASTM Conference on Basic Questions in Fatigue, Oct. 22-23, 1984, Dallas, Texas


Coordinator of COST Action E35 on Microstructure, Micromechanics, Fracture, Surface and Machining of wood


Tammann Medal of DFG (German Association of Material Scientists)

Research Projects (relevant to Action)

  • Structure, mechanical and fracture mechanical properties of natural and bio-inspired materials, especially wood.

  • Development and application of material testing methods.

Selected Publications (relevant to Action)

Stanzl-Tschegg S.E. and Navi P.: Fracture behavior of wood and its composites (COST Action E35: Wood machining micromechnics and fracture), Holzforschung, 2008, 62, DOI 10.515

Navi P. and Stanzl-Tschegg S.E.: Micromechnics of creep and relaxation of wood, (COST Action E35: Wood machining micromechnics and fracture), Holzforschung, 2009, 63 

Salmen L., Possler H., Stevanic J.S. and Stanzl-Tschegg S.E.: Analysis ofxthermally treated wood samples using dynamic FT-IR spectroscopy, Holzforschung, 2008, 62, 676-678,  

Burgert I, Frühmann K., Keckes J., Fratzl P. and Stanzl-Tschegg S.E.: Structure- function- relationships of four compression wood types – Micromechanical properties on the tissue and fibre level, Trees, 18, 2004, 489-495

Keckes J, Burgert I, Frühmann K., Müller M., Kölln K., Hamilton M., Burghammer M., Roth St.V., Stanzl-Tschegg S.E. and Fratzl P.: Cell-wall recovery after irreversible deformation - When mechanical behaviour of wood resembles that of metal, Nature Materials, 2, 811, 2003; publ. online: 16 Nov. 2003; doi:10.1038/nmat1019

Frühmann K., Burgert I., Stanzl-Tschegg S.E. and Tschegg E.K.: Mode I Fracture Behaviour on the Growth Ring Scale and Cellular Level of Spruce (Picea abies [L.] Karst.) and beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) Loaded in the TR Crack Propagation SystemHolzforschung, 57, 2003, 653-660

Burgert I, Frühmann K., Keckes J., Fratzl P. and Stanzl-Tschegg S.E.: Microtensile Testing of Wood Fibers Combined with Video Extensometry for Efficient Strain Detection Holzforschung, 57, 2003, 661-664

Reiterer A., Lichtenegger H., Fratzl P. and  Stanzl-Tschegg S.E.: Deformation and Energy Absorption of Wood Cell Walls with different Nanostructure under Tensile LoadingJ. of Mat. Sci., 36, 2001, 4681-4686

Gindl M., Sinn G., Reiterer A., Gindl W. and Stanzl-Tschegg S.E.: A Comparison of Different Methods to Calculate the Surface  Free Energy of Wood using Contact Angle Measurements, Coll. and Surf., 181, 2001, 279-287

S.E. Stanzl-Tschegg, D.M. Tan, E.K. Tschegg: New Splitting Test Method for Wood - Development and Experiences, Wood Science and Technology, 29, 1995, 31-50