Wolfgang Stelte
Wolfgang Stelte

Wolfgang Stelte

About me

I am PhD student in the research area of wood and nanocomposites. I am working with natural based nanocomposites for use in medical applications

CV

since Apr 2007: PhD student, Luleå Technical University, Sweden
2005-2007: Development Engineer, Danisco - Sugar Innovation and Technology, Denmark
2003-2005: Graduate studies in Life Science (MSc), Hanover University, Germany
2000-2003: Undergraduate studies in Biochemistry (BSc), Hanover University, Germany

Bionanocomposites

Nanocomposites based on collagen, wood and other biomaterials is a new and exciting research field. To be able to develop novel processing technologies it is important to understand the relationship between the process, structure and properties of these new nanostructural composites. We are working with isolation and separation of nano-crystals so called whiskers and fibrils from different sources (wood, wheat straw, sugar cane, muscles, etc.). These whiskers and fibrils are then used as nanoreinforcements in different biopolymers. By combining biopolymers and nanoreinforcements it is expected to develop novel bio nanocomposites for medical applications (e.g. ligaments for use in human body) or environmental friendly plastic packaging applications.

In this project we wish to further expand our successful work in the area of processing of novel bionanocomposites and develop novel ligaments for use in human body. The raw materials will be collagen and other natural materials and this project will focus on development of the fibrillation technology of collagen and on process and design of nanocomposites with high elasticity.

The research conducted here will be a mix of experimental and theoretical work. This project is a part of a European STRP project named TEM-PLANT