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10th European Wood-based Panel Symposium

The program is now available on the event website.


Annual Report 2015

Our annual report 2015 is now available for download.


Roofing ceremony for the new technical center hall of the Application Center HOFZET

Fraunhofer WKI presents internet platform for indoor air quality at “Woche der Umwelt”

New ISO standards for perforator and gas analysis method approved by CARB

Children's well-being at schools: Impact of climatic conditions and air pollution

The basis for this new publication by Prof. Dr. Tunga Salthammer et al. is a joint research project between the WKI and the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. The project was funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. The scientific article can be downloaded free of charge until 21st July, 2016

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Large-format drawings by architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel are scanned using the infrared camera.

Watermarks solve the mysteries surrounding Rembrandt’s studio

Is it a sketch of historic significance, or a fake from the 19th century? Such questions are difficult even for art experts to answer. A new infrared process developed by Fraunhofer researchers makes watermarks visible on paper to allow for more precise dating.

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Sensory evaluation of construction products

In December 2015, the specialist department Material Analysis and Indoor Chemistry concluded a research and development project into the sensory evaluation of construction products in test chambers. The project, which ran for several years, was funded by the iVTH and a number of industry associations. Partial results, in particular concerning the acetone calibration of the test panel in accordance with ISO 16000-28, were published in the journal INDOOR AIR and are available with open access. The final report is now available for 

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