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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Aerial view of the Fraunhofer WKI buildings on the main campus in Braunschweig.
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For 75 years, the Fraunhofer WKI has been researching resource-saving and climate-friendly materials for a future worth living in.

Fraunhofer WKI is 75 years old

Since 1946, the Fraunhofer WKI, has been researching resource-saving and climate-friendly materials for a future worth living in.

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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 / 23.8.2021

Prof. Yan is awarded the IIFC Distinguished Young Researcher Award 2021

The Senior Scientist at the Fraunhofer WKI has received the award for his contributions to the application of FRP composites to civil infrastructure, and especially for the promotion of natural FRP composites.


Press release / 2.8.2021

Plastic-free water sports

Stand-up paddling has become a popular sport. However, conventional surfboards are made of petroleum-based materials. Researchers at the Fraunhofer WKI are developing a stand-up paddle board that is made from one hundred percent renewable raw materials. The ecological lightweight material can be used in many ways, such as in the construction of buildings, cars and ships.


Press release / 27.7.2021

New building at the Hanover site

A new office building, currently under construction in Hanover, will bring the Fraunhofer WKI “Application Center HOFZET®” and the “IfBB - Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites” of the Hochschule Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts even closer together in the future. 


Press release / 29.6.2021

Pettenkofer Gold Medal

An exceptional honor for scientists at the Fraunhofer WKI: Professor Dr. Tunga Salthammer has been awarded the “Pettenkofer Gold Medal” by the Academy of Fellows of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ). The Head of the Material Analysis and Indoor Chemistry department thereby receives the Academy's highest accolade.

Events and Fairs


Trade fair

IAA Mobility

September 7 to 12, 2021
Munich, Germany


Online seminar

Bio-lightweight bodywork for vehicles (Part 1)

October 19, 2021


Focus course

Bonding in wooden construction

March 7 to 11, 2022


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