Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI

The Fraunhofer WKI specializes in bio-based chemical products and materials, production technology, functional integration, lightweight construction, material and product testing, recycling processes and indoor air quality. Almost all processes, materials and products resulting from our research activities 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 industry, the packaging industry and the automotive industry. Our particular strength is our holistic research approach. We develop materials and technologies for a bio-based, resource-conserving and climate-friendly economic cycle - from raw materials to development and quality assurance to recycling.

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Press release / 1.3.2024

New head of department: Dr. Steven Eschig

As of 1st March 2024, Dr. Steven Eschig has taken over the management of the “Binders and Coatings” department at the Fraunhofer WKI. The chemist, who had already worked as a research associate at the Fraunhofer WKI, aims to further develop bio-based adhesives, coatings, flame retardants and other chemical products through interdisciplinary collaboration with industry and research partners. 


Press release / 27.2.2024

Construction timber in times of climate change

Within an interdisciplinary project in collaboration with partners, researchers from the Fraunhofer WKI have investigated the quality of softwood from differing silvicultural systems. The aim of the project was to improve the supply situation for the construction industry in view of climate change. From the results, recommendations for new plantations can be derived.


Press release / 21.2.2024

Sustainable solid construction: bio recycling concrete with straw insulation

Together with partners in Germany and China, the Fraunhofer WKI is developing lightweight and sustainable solid construction products from construction and demolition waste as well as residual materials from forestry and agriculture. They can improve the eco-balance of the construction industry.


Press release / 8.2.2024

Mentoring for LignoSilva Centre of Excellence

On 8 February 2024, the kick-off event for the new mentoring programme of the Fraunhofer WKI took place in Bratislava at the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information. The aim of the "Upgrade of the Centre of Excellence LignoSilva" project, which is funded by the European Union, is to strengthen scientific excellence and international research contacts. 

Events and Fairs


Focus courses

Bonding in wooden construction

March 4 to 8, 2024
Eberswalde, Germany


Trade fair

Hannover Messe

April 22 to 26, 2024
Hanover, Germany


Citizens' Dialogue

Salon of Science

May 15, 2024
Braunschweig, Germany


Conference and exhibition

European Wood-based Panel Symposium

October 9 to 11, 2024

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

Riedenkamp 3
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 353248 23


Fraunhofer Center Circular Economy for Mobility (CCEM)

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