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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News / 16.11.2020

Groundbreaking Vehicle Concept

An interdisciplinary research team from six Fraunhofer Institutes, including the Fraunhofer WKI, has developed a visionary vehicle concept. It reached the final of the ideas competition “#NEXTGen Moving Tomorrow Pitch” of the car company BMW and made it into the top three. The team continues to pursue the concept with the objective it being adopted and implemented by the automotive industry.


Press release / 5.11.2020

Rapid-bonding technology for timber-concrete elements

By means of an innovative bonding technology, timber-concrete composite elements can be produced faster and more easily. As a result of the new joining technology, which was developed by researchers in a cooperative project involving the Fraunhofer WKI, the composite elements become more competitive in comparison to pure concrete elements. 


Press release / 29.10.2020

UV-curing materials for additive manufacturing

In collaboration with industrial partners, researchers from the Fraunhofer WKI are developing UV-curing materials for additive manufacturing with improved properties. The team thereby utilizes itaconic acid that has been biotechnologically extracted from renewable raw materials. The project will be presented in a free virtual technology discussion hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


Press release / 30.9.2020

More natural insulation materials in construction

With natural insulation materials, buildings can be constructed with calculable safety. This is the outcome of an interdisciplinary research project under the supervision of the Fraunhofer WKI, with 12 research partners and widespread support from industry. The researchers determined the characteristic material values which will enable extensive component tests, such as in sound insulation and fire protection, to be considerably reduced in the future. 

Events and Fairs

Online seminar

Surface modification of natural-fiber fabrics for application in engineering thermoplastics


November 24, 2020

Virtual Summit

Plastic Free World Conference & Expo

November 10 to 11, 2020


12th European Wood-based Panel Symposium

October 12 to 14, 2022
Hamburg, Germany

Conference and exhibition

IHF 2020

December 2 to 4, 2020
Innsbruck, Germany

Canceled due to SARS-CoV-2 pandemic!

Trade fair

LIGNA 2021

September 29 to October 1, 2021
Hanover, Germany 

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