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 / 17.11.2021

External thermal insulation composite systems

Researchers at the Fraunhofer WKI and the TU Braunschweig have developed models for predicting the overall behavior of external thermal insulation composite systems (ETICS) in wooden construction. In the future, it will therefore be easier to integrate new components into ETICS which have already been approved. In addition, opportunities for material innovations are being created, in particular as regards renewable raw materials. 


Press release / 10.11.2021

Non-combustible wood for interior outfitting of ships

In collaboration with Patrick Leleu Furnier GmbH, we have characterized and developed a non-combustible lightweight panel made from renewable raw materials. The material conforms to ship standards for fire protection in the interior outfitting of ships. The lightweight panel is not only more environmentally friendly but also easier to work with than conventional inorganic materials.


Press release / 6.10.2021

Better planning of road repairs

In collaboration with other researchers, scientists at the Fraunhofer WKI have begun fundamental research into a measurement system which can be used to measure the condition of a road over long distances - at any time, and without damaging the road. 


Press release / 1.10.2021

Application Center HOFZET®: New Head

On 1st October 2021, Professor Dr.-Ing. Andrea Siebert-Raths took over as Head of the Application Center for Wood Fiber Research HOFZET® at the Fraunhofer WKI. The expert for sustainable technologies intends to expand the contribution which the HOFZET® provides towards the bioeconomy. 

Events and Fairs


Online seminar

Bio-lightweight bodywork for vehicles (Part 2)

November 23, 2021



Online seminar

Wood hybrid systems for buildings

December 14, 2021



Compact course

Grading of sawn timber according to DIN 4074-1

January 31, 2022

Braunschweig, Germany


Compact course

Grading of sawn timber according to DIN 4074-1

February 14, 2022

Braunschweig, Germany


Focus course

Bonding in wooden construction

February 21 to 25, 2022



Focus course

Bonding in wooden construction

March 7 to 11, 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

Current Publications


Annual Report 2020

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



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