Flow Diagram

The preliminary structure for the conference can be seen in the following diagram. Further details about the Keynote-blocks will be released within the upcoming weeks.


Prof. Dr. Cordt Zollfrank

Cordt Zollfrank studied chemistry at TUM. He then changed to the Institute for Wood Research at LMU, which later became part of TUM, where he gained a PhD in forest science with a special emphasis on the chemical aspects. Between 2000 and 2002 he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Department of Materials Science and Engineering - Glass and Ceramics) conducting research focused on biomimetic material synthesis. As of 2002 he became a group leader (senior researcher) and set up a bioengineered ceramics and biomaterials research group. In 2009 he acquired his postdoctoral teaching qualification (habilitation) in material sciences. On October 1, 2011 he accepted the position as professor for biogenic polymers at TUM Campus Straubing.

The research work of Professor Zollfrank (b. 1969) is focused on applying bioinspired synthetic methods to the development of innovative structural and functional materials. A key area of his work is the formation of biogenic (polymeric) structures and their conversion to composite materials for engineering and biomedical applications. The fundamental chemical and physical transformation processes involved in these conversions are investigated at each level of the structural hierarchy.

Prof. Dr. Ingo Burgert

Ingo Burgert is Professor for Wood Materials Science at ETH Zürich in the Institute for Building Materials and group leader of the WoodTec group in the Cellulose and Wood Materials Laboratory at Empa, Dübendorf, Switzerland.

Main research objectives of the research group are to expand the utilization of wood by tailoring performance of wood materials to specific applications. This includes modification and functionalization of wood and cellulose scaffolds for improved properties and the development of novel smart wood materials by embedding new functionalities in the porous hierarchical wood structure.

Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Johannes Konnerth

Johannes Konnerth is Professor for Wood Technology at BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna since 2020. After graduating in Wood Technology and Wood Economics from Salzburg University of Applied Sciences/Kuchl he worked three years in wood industry in Austria and Italy. Subsequently, he decided for a scientific career and joined BOKU for a PhD study under the supervision of Prof. Gindl-Altmutter in the field of wood adhesives. After a PostDoc period, he received a tenue track position at BOKU and habilitated in Wood Material Science.

The research performed in Johannes Konnerth’s group is focusing on the design of resource efficient engineered wood materials and the development of corresponding processes. Further key topics within this field are wood adhesive bonding with the resource efficient use of adhesives, adhesives based on renewables and the combination of materials of different nature. Together with partners of different scientific fields, he is working on functionalized wood. Fundamental understanding in mechanical as well as physical-chemical relations on all length scales from nano- up to macro-scale level are thereby of high importance.


The program of the conference will include the following sessions:

The sessions will include the scientific contributions of the researching attandees of the conference. The titles of the different presentations are listed for each session.

New (functional) wood based materials:

  1. Functional Wood-based Materials
  2. Utilization of bark towards a high-performance insulation material
  3. Properties of WPCS made from alien invasive trees and recycled LLDPE for interior applications in South Africa
  4. I-beams based on wood particles using a novel non cutting disintegration technology


Production methods and processing of functional materials:

  1. Total quality Data Management (TqDM) strategies for successful machine learning and AI in the realization of Industrie 4.0
  2. Sporopollenin – “the green diamond”
  3. Visual assistance for manufacturing mass customized prefabricated wooden houses
  4. Morpho-Active Materials. Bioinspired Auxetic Structures
  5. 4D printing – Programmable deformation behavior of FLM (Fused Layer Modeling) 3D printed objects when exposed to moisture


Functional polymers / Bio based plastics:

  1. Multi-wavelength RAMAN spectroscopy of Poly(Furfuryl Alcohol)
  2. A Biopolymer Degradation Analysis: Accelerated Life Testing Study to Characterize Polylactic Acid Durability
  3. Mechanically Formation of Biodegradable Micro- and Nano-Plastics used for Environmental Studies in Agricultural Ecosystems
  4. Ball drop test for mechanical characterization of energy dissipation in silicone elastomer blends


Tannin- based materials:

  1. Monolithic Carbon Spherogels Based on Sustainable Precursors
  2. End-of-life use cases for tannin-furanic foams
  3. Development of Tannin-polymers as source of bio-resins
  4. Tannin-PEG-based hydrogels as sustainable and flexible ionic conductors for smart electronics


Advances in wood adhesives and coatings:

  1. Water permeability of nano water-based coatings applied on wood
  2. Wood adhesives based on alternative plant proteins
  3. Reduction of formaldehyde-based adhesives in plywood production by adding renewable additives
  4. Influence of the type of adhesive on the dimensional stability of furniture bent panel boards
  5. Functionalization of wood-based materials with conductive thin films using magnetron sputtering deposition


Functional materials I:

  1. Particle-based photoanodes for photoelectrochemical water-splitting
  2. On the Selectivity of Mesoporous KIT-6-DGA-type Sorbents in for the Separation of REEs
  3. Spatioselective Deposition of Passivating and Electrocatalytic Layers on Silicon Nanowire Arrays
  4. Modified H2V3O8 as cathode material for Li-ion batteries and Na-ion batteries
  5. Heterometallic gapped nanorods


Functional materials II:

  1. A new and fast approach for determining the specific surface area of nano-materials
  2. Synthesis of CuNWs@PPy aerogels for piezo-resistive applications
  3. Adsorption Induced Optical Switching from Transparent to Translucent
  4. Hyperelastic material parameter determination and numerical study of TPU and PDMS dampers
  5. Smart paper sensor coated with Polyaniline/Graphitic-Carbon Nitride nanocomposite for high performance temperature and pressure sensor


Poster Session:

  1. Porous silicon based broad-band SERS substrates
  2. Sporopollenin from Lilium longiflorum pollen grains
  3. Design and use of a photobioreactor for Auxenochlorella protothecoides sporopollenin production
  4. Adhesion strength of nano water-based finishes applied to wood surfaces
  5. UV stabilization of wood by impregnation of zinc oxide nano-dispersions
  6. Tannin foams used as biomaterial templates for SERS applications
  7. Use of wood-based lightweight sandwich panels for access floor systems: their advantages and potential problems
  8. Impact of convective transport on the agglomeration and dispersion of biodegradable nanoplastics in sediments measured via small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and ultra-SANS (USANS)
  9. Hybrid Composites Based on Polypropylene with Basalt/Glass Fibers
  10. Temperature and moisture dependent curing behavior with rheological method for wood
  11. Advanced Atomic Force Microscopy for Analyzing Wood Surfaces
  12. Extraction and purification of Organosolv lignin from Miscanthus and Larch bark for its possible applications in biomaterials