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Springer Handbook of Wood Science and Technology

  • Comprehensively combines fundamentals of wood science and applied technology

  • An up-to-date summary of wood research and current industrial practise

  • Written by an international network of experts and thoroughly peer-reviewed

Part of the book series: Springer Handbooks (SHB)

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About this book

This handbook provides an overview on wood science and technology of unparalleled comprehensiveness and international validity.

It describes the fundamental wood biology, chemistry and physics, as well as structure-property relations of wood and wood-based materials. The different aspects and steps of wood processing are presented in detail from both a fundamental technological perspective and their realisation in industrial contexts. The discussed industrial processes extend beyond sawmilling and the manufacturing of adhesively bonded wood products to the processing of the various wood-based materials, including pulp and paper, natural fibre materials and aspects of bio-refinery. Core concepts of wood applications, quality and life cycle assessment of this important natural resource are presented. The book concludes with a useful compilation of fundamental material parameters and data as well as a glossary of terms in accordance with the most important industry standards.

Written and edited by a truly international team of experts from academia, research institutes and industry, thoroughly reviewed by external colleagues, this handbook is well-attuned to educational demands, as well as providing a summary of state-of-the-art research trends and industrial requirements. It is an invaluable resource for all professionals in research and development, and engineers in practise in the field of wood science and technology.


  • pulp and paper
  • wood processing
  • wood manufacturing
  • wood biorefinery
  • timber in construction
  • forestry and forest-based industries
  • wood-based materials
  • wood utilization
  • wood products life cycle assessment
  • lignocellulosic materials


“The knowledge embedded in this book will help build a platform to overcome the traditional disciplinary boundaries in this field. I look forward to this book becoming a modern classics in the field of wood science and technology.” (Professor Yoon Soo Kim, President of the International Academy of Wood Science (IAWS))

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute for Building Materials, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

    Peter Niemz

  • Inst. für Holztechn. und Nachwachs. Roh., Universität für Bodenkultur Inst. für Holztechn. und Nachwachs. Roh., Tulln, Austria

    Alfred Teischinger

  • Wood Science and Engineering, Luleå University of Technology, Skellefteå, Sweden

    Dick Sandberg

About the editors

Before his retirement, Peter Niemz was the Director of the Laboratory for Wood Physics and Non-Destructive Testing Methods and the Head of the Wood Physics group at ETH Zurich. Throughout his professional career he lectured on wood technology at TU Dresden, Universidad Austral de Chile and the University of Sopron. Since 2002 he is a Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science. He is on the editorial board of numerous wood related journals, including the European Journal of Wood and Wood Products.

Alfred Teischinger is a retired Professor of Wood Technology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna. He also acted as scientific director of the competence centre for wood composites and wood chemistry (Wood Kplus). His research focus is wood technology and processing. He was board member of various organisations linking wood science and technology such as InnovaWood, and he was associated to the committee of the prestigious Marcus Wallenberg Prize.  Since 2013, he is a fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science and has been awarded with recognition of outstanding contribution to Wood Science.

Dick Sandberg is Chaired Professor of Wood Science and Engineering at Luleå University of Technology, specialising in computed tomography for the use in wood industry, advanced information processing and wood communication from felling to finished product. He is Editor-in-Chief for the journal Wood Material Science and Engineering. He has a background as specialist and manager of several companies in the wood industry sphere and the former Swedish Institute of Wood Technology Research and was a national delegate of several COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology) Actions.

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