Master Thesis Topic "Spectroscopic Analysis of Wood to enable Circular Economy Applications"


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Your future responsibilities

  • Literature- and technology research
  • Creation of a representative set of fresh and reclaimed wood samples
  • Spectroscopic characterization of the treated and untreated wood samples
  • LIBS analysis of treated and untreated wood samples
  • Data analysis with respect to detection and differentiation of wood types
  • Writing and defense of the thesis
  • Optional: Publication of the results at a conference or in a scientific journal.

Your profile

This master thesis aims at establishing the basics for improving circular economy of wood through smart sorting. Starting with a to-be-established representative sample set of relevant wood types (treated and non-treated). In a first approach, the VIS and NIR spectral information of the samples shall be measured and analyzed. The main goal is to establish the feasibility of using point spectroscopy respectively spectral imaging for reliably and quickly identifying and differentiating different fresh wood types. Subsequently, it is planned to include also aged (reclaimed) wood samples in the analysis. As a complementary second approach, it is foreseen to assess the suitability of laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) for the analysis of wood samples, along or in combination with the (imaging) spectroscopy data.
The prospective candidate is encouraged to present the results at a national or international conference and/or publish the results in a scientific journal.

Important Facts

Start date (planned): immediately
Duration (planned):   6 months
Place:                             Villach, Austria
Salary:                            € 1.500,-- gross per month 

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