Experimental and Computational Micro-Characterization Techniques in Wood Mechanics

Curriculum Vitae

Education/Professional Career


University of Heidelberg (M.Sc.)


University of Heidelberg (PhD in Cell Biology)


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


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


  • 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)