Short CV/Education and training

  • 1995
    Matura (A-levels) with distinction

  • 1995 – 2000
    Studied civil engineering at Vienna University of Technology

  • 1998 – 1999
    Achievement scholarship from Vienna University of Technology

  • 2000
    Diplom degree with distinction

  • 2000 – 2004
    Doctoral studies at Vienna University of Technology, Institute for Mechanics of Materials, dissertation defended with distinction

  • 2004
    Visiting researcher at the Swedish Pulp and Paper Research Institute (STFi Packforsk), Stockholm, Sweden

  • 2004 – 2007
    Postdoc at the Institute for Mechanics of Materials and Structures, Vienna University of Technology

  • 2006
    ZONTA Postdoc research award

  • since 2007
    Head of the "Wood mechanics" research group at the Institute for Mechanics of Materials and Structures, Vienna University of Technology

  • 2010
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification), venia docendi (authorisation to teach) for the "mechanics of materials and structures" in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Vienna University of Technology

Selected publications

  • Bader, T.K. et al.: The poroelastic role of water in cell walls of the hierarchical composite "softwood". In: Acta Mechanica 2010. DOI 10.1007/s00707-010-0368-8.

  • Eitelberger, J., Hofstetter, K.: Multiscale homogenization of wood transport properties – diffusion coefficients for steady state moisture transport. In: Wood Materials Science and Engineering 5, 2010. pp. 97-103.

  • Hofstetter, K. et al.: Micromechanical estimates for elastic limit states in wood, revealing nanostructural failure mechanisms. In: Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures 15, 2008. pp. 474-484.

  • Hofstetter, K., Hellmich, C., Eberhardsteiner, J.: Micromechanical modeling of solid-type and plate-type deformation patterns within softwood materials. A review and an improved approach. In: Holzforschung 61, 2007. pp. 343-351.

  • Hofstetter, K., Hellmich, C., Eberhardsteiner, J.: Development and experimental validation of a continuum micromechanics model for the elasticity of wood. In: European Journal of Mechanics A/Solids 24, 2005. pp. 1030-1053.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Microstructural and chemical characterisation of softwood degradation by basidiomycetes and its effect on the mechanical behaviour. Innovative project at Vienna University of Technology, Austria, since 2010

  • OST Action FP0802 – Experimental and computational micro-characterisation techniques in wood mechanics. Chairperson of the European Research Network, since 2008

  • Mechanical characterisation of wood for knowledge-based timber industry. Project sponsored by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and CEI-Bois (European Confederation of Woodworking Industries), since 2007

  • Numerical simulation of wooden boards with knot inclusions. Project sponsored by the FFG and the company Doka Industrie GmbH, Amstetten, Austria, 2007 – 2009

  • Numerical simulation of wood strand products. Project within the framework of the holz.bau forschung Competence Centre, Graz, Austria, 2005 – 2007

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Nominated for membership in the American Chemical Society, currently under consideration

  • Elected member of the Young Academy within the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, since 2008

Additional qualifications

Professional travels abroad:

  • Visiting researcher with Prof. André Jorissen, Unit Structural Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, 2011

  • Visiting researcher with Prof. Joseph Gril, Laboratoire de Méchanique et Génie Civil (LMGC), Université Montpellier II, France, 2008

  • Visiting researcher with Prof. Lennart Salmén, Swedish Pulp and Paper Research Institute (STFi), Stockholm, Sweden, 2004


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