Experimental and Computational Micro-Characterization Techniques in Wood Mechanics

Curriculum Vitae

  • Studies of cellulose structure in relation to the environment.
  • Design of biocomposites based on nanocellulose and hemicelluloses for future packaging materials; Studies of properties of xylan-cellulose composite films with regard to strength properties and gas permeability.
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    Selected Publications (relevant to Action)

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    A. Bergander, L. Salmén: Cell wall properties and their effects on the mechanical properties of fibers, Material Sci. 37(2002) 1:151-156

    M. Åkerholm, L. Salmén: The oriented structure of lignin and its viscoelastic properties studied by static and dynamic FT-IR spectroscopy , Holzforschung, 57(2003) 5:459-465

    M. Åkerholm, L. Salmén: Softening of wood polymers induced  by moisture studied by dynamic FT-IR spectroscopy , J. Appl. Pol. Sci. 94(2004) 2032-2040

    L. Salmén: Micromechanical understanding of the cell wall structure, C. R. Biologies 327(2004) 9-10:873-880

    A.-M. Olsson, L. Salmén: The association of water to cellulose and hemicellulose in paper examined by FTIR spectroscopy, Carbohydrate research 339(2004) 4:813-818

    J. Fahlén, L. Salmé: Pore and matrix distribution in the fibre wall revealed by AFM and image analysis, Biomacromolecules 6(2005) 1:433-438

    L. Salmén, J. Fahlén: Reflections on the ultrastructure of softwood fibres, Cellulose Chem. Technol. 40(2006) 3-4: 181-185

    F. De Magistris, L. Salmén: Finite Element Modelling of wood cells deformation transverse to the fibre axis, Nordic Pulp Paper Res. J. 23(2008) 2:240-246

    J.S. Stevanic, L. Salmén: Characterizing wood polymers in the primary cell wall of Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) using dynamic FT-IR spectroscopy, Cellulose 15(2008) 2:285-295

    L. Salmén, I. Burgert: Cell wall features with regard to mechanical performance COST Action E35: Wood machining – micromechanics and fracture, Holzforschung DOI 10.1515/HF.2009.011


    Education/Professional Career


    Ph.D. at KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden


    Associate Professor at KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

    since 1994:

    Research Manger Fibre Science STFI-Packforsk

    since 2003:

    Deputy director, Division of Fibre, Pulp, Energy & Chemicals, STFI-Packforsk



    Fellow of IAWS, International Academy of Wood Sciences


    Chairman, TAPPI Paper Physics Committee

    since 2001:

    Vice chairman European Society of Wood mechanics

    since 2008:

    Vice-president IAWS, International Academy of Wood Sciences

    Research Projects (relevant to Action)

    • Studies related to the distribution and orientation of the wood polymers within the cell wall structure.
    • Studies on compatibility between cellulose and biopolymer matrix materials.