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.


    Education/Professional Career


    Wood Science and Technology studies, University of Hamburg, Germany


    Doctoral thesis at the University of Hamburg, Germany


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


    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”


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


    Research Projects (relevant to Action)

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