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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CORONAVIRUS

Due to the current situation with the coronavirus, 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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News

 

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. 

 

Press release / 19.2.2020

High-tech materials with nanocellulose

The fourth Wilhelm-Klauditz-Fellow at the Fraunhofer, Dr. Hatem Abushammala, develops electrically conductive nanoparticles using renewable materials. His development has great potential for a variety of applications, including sensing, electronics and the medical field.

 

Press release / 18.12.2019

Additive Manufacturing in Construction

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German research foundation) is supporting a transregional Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) of the Technische Universität Braunschweig and the Technical University of Munich. Dr. Frauke Bunzel from the Fraunhofer WKI and Dr. Klaudius Henke from the Technical University of Munich will jointly lead the sub-project “Structural timber by individual layer fabrication (ILF)”.

 

Press release / 12.11.2019

Hardwood for wood fiberboard

Climate change is threatening the domestic coniferous forests. Researchers at the Fraunhofer WKI, have now discovered how low-value hardwood species can be used in the manufacture of medium-density and high-density wood fiberboard (MDF and HDF). For the wood-processing industry, this opens up new possibilities for compensating for supply shortages in coniferous wood.

Events and Fairs

Online seminar

Basic chemicals and carbon from old bakery products

28th April, 2020
Online

Exhibition

Week of the Environment

9th to 10th June, 2020
Berlin

 

12th European Wood-based Panel Symposium

30th September to 2nd October 2020

Hamburg

Conference and exhibition

Plastic Free World Conference & Expo

16th to 17th June, 2020
Cologne

Conference and exhibition

”Automotive Industry”
Lightweight Design Summit

21st to 22nd July, 2020
Würzburg

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. 

Locations

 

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

Email: info@wki.fraunhofer.de

 

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