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P6. Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces
Monday, 19 February 2007 18:22
Dr. Ingo Burgert, Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces

The Plant Biomechanics group in Potsdam will characterize the nanocomposition of wild-type and transgenic Arabidopsis and poplar plants supplied by CASPIC partners in WPs 2 and 3 to gain better insight into the material design and optimization of strategies for industrial applications of lignocellulosic material. This includes CMF angle measurements by X-ray scattering and the mechanical characterization of the modified material. The mechanical interaction in the cell wall assembly will be investigated by in-situ studies combining tensile straining and structural analysis at the nanoscale.

CVs Key Personnel

  People of the Burgert group involved in the CASPIC project are:

  • Dr. Ingo Burgert (head of the Plant Biomechanics Lab). Dr. Burgert will co-ordinate the project on the mechanical properties related to industrial applications (WP4). He has 10 years of experience in basic research on structure- function relationships at the tissue, cell and cell wall level of plants and is mainly interested in the mechanical interaction of the cell wall components in primary and secondary cell walls.
  • Dr. Notburga Gierlinger has experience with FT-IR microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. She has implemented an in-situ tensile testing setup that allows for studying the load bearing capacities of cell wall components by combining mechanical deformation and spectroscopic analysis.
  • Michaela Eder is implementing the mechanical isolation and mechanical testing of individual poplar fibres. She has several years of experience in isolating and testing gymnosperm tracheids and with Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy.
  • Dr. Willie Abasolo studies as a Post-Doc the mechanical properties of Arabidopsis hypocotyls. He is trying to identify relationships between biochemical constitution and mechanical performance.  

In all projects PhD students and/or Post-Docs and Technicians are working on the mechanical interaction of cell wall polymers.

Selected Publications

  • Burgert I, Frühmann K, Keckes J, Fratzl P, Stanzl-Tschegg SE (2004) Structure- function- relationships of four compression wood types - Micromechanical properties at the tissue and fibre level. Trees 18, 480-485.
  • Fratzl P, Burgert I, Gupta HS (2004) On the role of interface polymers for the mechanics of natural polymeric composites. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 6, 5575 - 5579
  • 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.
  • Burgert I, Frühmann K, Keckes J, Fratzl P, Tschegg SE (2003) Microtensile testing of wood fibres combined with video extensometry for efficient strain detection. Holzforschung, 57,661-664.
  • Burgert I, Keckes J, Frühmann K, Fratzl P, Tschegg SE (2002) A comparison of two techniques for wood fibre isolation - Evaluation by tensile tests on single fibres with different microfibril angle. Plant Biol. 4, 9-12.
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