Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI

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The Fraunhofer WKI is expanding its research capacities with the new “Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA®”.

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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 / 16.6.2021

Moving into ZELUBA®

The Fraunhofer WKI is expanding its research capacities: The “Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA®” has been built on the campus of the TU Braunschweig. At the beginning of June 2021, the researchers move into the new premises where they will develop sustainable lightweight construction solutions for the building industry - in a future-oriented building.


Press release / 7.6.2021

Fraunhofer WKI is 75 years old

For 75 years, the Fraunhofer WKI, has been researching resource-saving and climate-friendly materials for a future worth living in. The researchers develop modern technologies in order to convert wood and other plant-based raw resources into chemical products and materials and consequently drive forward the bioeconomy. 


Press release / 4.5.2020

New Senior Scientist: Professor Libo Yan

Since the 23rd of April 2021, Professor Libo Yan, PhD, has been enhancing the research fields of “Hybrid Material Systems” and “Organic Building Materials and Wood-based Materials” as a Senior Scientist at the Fraunhofer WKI.


News / 30.4.2021

Corona infection risk in indoor spaces

A research team with the participation of the Fraunhofer WKI has calculated the aerosol-related risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2 for various indoor situations. The results were published in the journal "Gefahrstoffe" (Issue No. 3/4, 2021). The researchers provide specific advice on the use and technical equipment of classrooms, gymnasiums, lecture halls and open-plan offices.

Events and Fairs


Online seminar

Bio-based UV-curing 3D printing materials

June 22, 2021


Trade fair

LIGNA 2021

September 29 to October 1, 2021
Hanover, Germany

Cancelled due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic!


12th European Wood-based Panel Symposium

October 12 to 14, 2022
Hamburg, 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