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, 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 / 17.9.2020

Building materials and indoor air quality

Researchers from the Fraunhofer WKI and the Thünen Institute have figured out: Even under controlled conditions, emission measurements of individual materials rarely allow statements to be made concerning complete systems such as wall structures, let alone real residential buildings. However, system tests on entire components in large test chambers are can be helpful.


Press release / 11.9.2020

Composite materials made from lignin

Researchers from the Fraunhofer WKI and designers from the weißensee academy of art berlin cooperated in order to develop application possibilities for the plant material lignin. This resulted in a variety of panel materials for furniture construction and a flexible leather alternative for the fashion industry. 


Press release / 9.9.2020

Internal inspection of rotor blades for wind turbines

In order to increase the safety and economic efficiency of wind turbines, researchers at the Fraunhofer WKI, in collaboration with project partners, have developed a thermography robot for the internal inspection of rotor blades. 


Press release / 2.9.2020

Natural-fiber-reinforced plastics

Natural-fiber-reinforced plastics (NFRP) become more resilient when the natural fibers are encased in a special coating. This has been determined by researchers at the Fraunhofer WKI. In the future, NFRP can consequently be utilized in considerably expanded areas of application, for example in the interior of vehicles.

Events and Fairs

Project presentation

Black Liquor

24th September, 2020

Online seminar

Long-term behaviour of adhesively bonded wood hybrid systems

20th October, 2020


12th European Wood-based Panel Symposium

Cancelled due to the SARS-CoV-2 pademic. 

Conference and exhibition

”Automotive Industry”
Lightweight Design Summit

13st to 14nd October, 2020

Conference and exhibition

Plastic Free World Conference & Expo

10th to 11th November, 2020

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