Experimental and Computational Micro-Characterization Techniques in Wood Mechanics

Curriculum Vitae

Education/Professional Career


Ph.D., University of Hamburg, Germany


PostDoc, CEMEF, Sophia Antipolis, France


Research Assistant, University of Glasgow, Department of Chemistry, UK


Research Fellow, University of Auckland, School of Biological Sciences, NZ

since 2009:

Lecturer, University of Canterbury, School of Forestry, NZ


Research Projects (relevant to Action)

My research in recent years has focused on the molecular and micro-structural origin of the exceptional mechanical properties of wood.

Selected Publications (relevant to Action)

Leonardon, M., Altaner, C.M., Vihermaa, L., Jarvis, M.C. (2009). Wood shrinkage: influence of anatomy, cell wall architecture, chemical composition and cambial age. European Journal of Wood and Wood Products. DOI: 10.1007/s00107-009-0355-8

Altaner, C. M., Tokareva, E. N., Wong, J., Hapca, A. I., McLean, J. P. and Jarvis, M. C. (2009) Measuring compression wood severity in spruce. Wood Science and Technology, 43, 3-4, 279-290. (Journal Article)

Gregorova, A., Hrabalova, M., Wimmer, R., Saake, B. and Altaner, C. (2009) Poly(lactide acid) composites reinforced with fibers obtained from different tissue types of Picea sitchensis. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 114, 2616-2623. (Journal Article)

Altaner, C. M. and M. C. Jarvis. (2008) Modelling polymer interactions of the 'molecular Velcro' type in wood under mechanical stress. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 253, 3, 434-445. (Journal Article)

Altaner, C., Hapca, A., Knox, P. and Jarvis, M. C. (2007) Antibody labelling of galactan in Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis (Bong.) Carrière). Holzforschung, 61, 3, 311-316. (Journal Article)

Altaner, C., Knox, J. P. and Jarvis, M. C. (2007) In situ detection of cell wall polysaccharides in Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis (Bong.) Carrière) wood tissue. BioResources, 2, 2, 284-295. (Journal Article)

Kennedy, C. J., Cameron, G.J ., Šturcová, A., Apperley, D. C., Altaner, C., Wess, T. J. and Jarvis, M. C. (2007) Microfibril diameter in celery collenchyma cellulose: X-ray scattering and NMR evidence. Cellulose, 14, 3, 235-246. (Journal Article)

Altaner C., Apperley D. C. and Jarvis, M. C. (2006) Spatial relationships between polymers in Sitka spruce: Proton spin-diffusion studies. Holzforschung, 60, 6, 665-673. (Journal Article)