Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI

The Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI specializes in process technology, natural-fiber composites, surface technology, 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 / 18.5.2022

Floating islands

A project team consisting of researchers from the Fraunhofer WKI and two designers has developed floating islands which can carry plants and which are made from a bio-lightweight material. Through this project, a new form of green space will be created in the city: valuable biotopes, recreational spaces and meeting places on the water. Interested parties can help to plant and launch the islands on 1st June 2022.


News / 17.5.2022


The project “Robinia” of the Fraunhofer WKI and three project partners was selected by the Federal Agency for Disruptive Innovations SPRIND for the challenge “Carbon-to-Value”. The goal of the challenge is to achieve a breakthrough for the use of CO2 from the air in new products to make the fight against climate change economically viable. The project team is developing a composite material from the fast-growing and very robust tree robinia.


Press release / 11.5.2022

Innovation-booster sustainability

What can foundations do in order to anchor sustainability even more securely in science and research? On this topic, research-funding foundations discussed with the Fraunhofer WKI and with the Fraunhofer Future Foundation on May 10, 2022. The participants embraced the opportunity to experience live science at the Fraunhofer WKI's new Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA®.


Press release / 22.3.2022


With support from the Fraunhofer WKI, designer Sofia Souidi has developed wood-based panels made from wood fibers and casein. Casein is a formaldehyde-free binder that was already being used as an adhesive many centuries ago. Mixed-in color pigments and granulates combined with 3D moldability enable a diverse range of design possibilities. The material consists of recycled components and is itself recyclable.

Events and Fairs


Compact course

Grading of sawn timber

June 28, 2022


Online seminar

Softwood quality in times of climate change

July 19, 2022



12th European Wood-based Panel Symposium

October 12 to 14, 2022

Hamburg, Germany


Trade fair

K 2022

October 19 to 26, 2022

Düsseldorf, Germany

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



Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA®

Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI

Beethovenstraße 51F
38106 Braunschweig


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


Fraunhofer Project Center Wolfsburg

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