Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI

More space for research

On the campus of the TU Braunschweig, the “Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA®” is taking shape. With this innovative new building and an earthquake test rig, the Fraunhofer WKI is expanding its research capacities.

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Basic chemicals and carbon from old bakery products

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Bio-based lightweight body parts for climate-neutral mobility

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Insulation materials made from renewable raw materials

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Fire-safety in public facilities

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Pressure-resistant packaging material made from pure lignocellulose

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Due to the current situation with the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the Fraunhofer WKI entered the safe-mode operation. We currently do not accept personal visits. We continue working on our projects and our staff can be reached via email. This policy remains in place until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused.

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI specializes in process technology, natural-fiber composites, wood protection and emission control, quality assurance of wood products, recycling procedures and the use of organic building materials and wood in construction. Almost all the procedures and materials which result from the research activities at the Institute are used industrially. We operate worldwide and work project-related with research institutions and industrial partners, e. g. with companies from the wood and furniture industries, the construction industry, the chemical and the automotive industry.


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Press release / 17.7.2020

Beet pulp for new materials

During German sugar production, large quantities of sugar beet pulp are produced as a by-product. Can composite materials be created from this? This question was examined by the Fraunhofer Institutes WKI and UMSICHT in a joint research project with partners from industry and agriculture. 


Press release / 19.5.2020

Nanocellulose from agricultural residues

Agricultural residues can replace fossil raw materials in the manufacture of plastic products. A key role could be played here by the intermediate product nanocellulose. An international team of researchers, which includes the Fraunhofer WKI, has discovered how nanocellulose can be extracted from agricultural residues and utilized effectively.


News / 22.4.2020

“Polymers” special issue

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bohumil Kasal and Jun.‑Prof. Libo Yan have been invited to develop a special issue for the journal “Polymers”. The issue will focus on hybrid systems for buildings that combine porous and hygroscopic materials such as wood and concrete with fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP). The call for papers is now open. Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2020.


News / 1.4.2020

Interview with
Sofia Souidi

In her project “Superwood”, product designer Sofia Souidi is addressing the topic of sustainable items of furniture for exhibition and trade-fair construction. The Fraunhofer WKI is providing her with support in material development and testing. In this interview, she talks about the origins of this project idea and the collaboration with the Fraunhofer WKI. 

Events and Fairs

Online seminar

Topic to be announced

15th September, 2020

Conference and exhibition

”Automotive Industry”
Lightweight Design Summit

13st to 14nd October, 2020


12th European Wood-based Panel Symposium

30th September to 2nd October 2020


Conference and exhibition

Plastic Free World Conference & Expo

10th to 11th November, 2020


Week of the Environment

Postponed due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic! Further information will follow.


Current Publications

Scientific publications

In our media center, an overview of our current scientific publications is available.

Specialist information

In our media center, diverse info material concerning our current research and development topics is available for download.

Wilhelm Klauditz Fellowship

The Wilhelm Klauditz Fellowship is a scholarship in the field of applied wood research and is announced annually. It is aimed to senior-level faculty eligible for sabbatical leave who want to pursue world-class research at the Fraunhofer WKI. 



Headquarters Braunschweig

Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI

Bienroder Weg 54E
38108 Braunschweig

Phone +49 531 2155-0
Fax +49 531 2155-334



Application Center for Wood Fiber Research HOFZET®

Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI
Heisterbergallee 10A
30453 Hanover

Phone +49 511 9296-2282
Fax +49 511 9296-992212


Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA®

On the campus of the TU Braunschweig, Fraunhofer WKI’s new research center is taking shape.

With an innovative new building and an earthquake test rig, the Fraunhofer WKI is expanding its research capacities.


Fraunhofer Project Center Wolfsburg

c/o Open Hybrid LabFactory e.V.
Hermann-Münch-Str. 2
38440 Wolfsburg