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 nearing completion.

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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 / 12.1.2021

Bio-lightweight bodywork

In collaboration with Porsche Motorsport and Four Motors, researchers at the Fraunhofer WKI have succeeded in replacing the carbon fibers in a car door with natural fibers. This is already being installed in small series at Porsche. The project team is now taking the next step: Together with HOBUM Oleochemicals, they want to maximize the proportion of renewable raw materials in the door and other body parts - using bio-based plastics and paints.


Press release / 16.12.2020


During the BAU ONLINE 2021, researchers from the Fraunhofer WKI will demonstrate the versatility of the possibilities for replacing petrochemical raw materials or concrete with renewable resources - by means of 3D models of a stand-up paddleboard and a ceiling system module.


Press release / 8.12.2020

More bio in surfing

Researchers at the Fraunhofer WKI are developing a stand-up paddleboard with a lightweight sandwich element made from renewable raw materials. For the core, balsa wood from disused wind-energy rotor blades is being used - a sustainable solution for their high-quality recycling. The outer shell consists of bioplastics which are reinforced with regionally available flax fibers. 


Press release / 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.

Events and Fairs


Online seminar

Rapid-bonding technology for timber-concrete elements

April 20, 2021


Trade fair

LIGNA 2021

September 29 to October 1, 2021
Hanover, Germany 


12th European Wood-based Panel Symposium

October 12 to 14, 2022
Hamburg, 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



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