Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI

The Fraunhofer WKI specializes in bio-based chemical products and materials, production technology, functional integration, lightweight construction, material and product testing, recycling processes and indoor air quality. Almost all processes, materials and products resulting from our research activities 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 industry, the packaging industry and the automotive industry. Our particular strength is our holistic research approach. We develop materials and technologies for a bio-based, resource-conserving and climate-friendly economic cycle - from raw materials to development and quality assurance to recycling.

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Press note / 30.11.2022

Indoor air quality: New analysis device

What reactions take place in indoor areas and what reaction products are thereby formed? In which ways are humans exposed to air pollutants? At the Fraunhofer WKI, we investigate complex chemical processes in indoor air. With the newly acquired “Proton-transfer-reaction time-of-flight mass spectrometer” (PTR-TOF-MS), we are now able to perform measurements with even greater precision and higher temporal resolution.


Press release / 24.11.2022

New office building

With a new office building in Hanover, the Fraunhofer WKI “Application Center HOFZET®” and the Hochschule Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts’ “IfBB - Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites” are closing ranks even more densely. The cooperation between the two institutions will be continued and intensified as a result of the move in November 2022.


Press release / 23.11.2022

Award for project “Grünes Wasser”

First place in the 2022 Fraunhofer Communication Award goes to “Grünes Wasser” (Green Water). The project has brought new life to the “Fleete” (canals) of Hamburg’s city center. The project team from the Fraunhofer WKI and the design studio “morgen.” has developed floating islands which are made from a bio-lightweight material. The islands were launched into water during a participatory action.


Press release / 25.10.2022

Lecture modules: Natural building materials

Researchers at the Fraunhofer WKI, in collaboration with three universities, have developed two lecture modules on the utilization of renewable raw materials in the construction industry. This future-oriented qualification of young technical and scientific talent increases the chances for the subsequent utilization of renewable raw materials in the construction industry. 

Events and Fairs


Focus courses

Bonding in wooden construction

February 27 to March 3, 2023

Braunschweig, Germany


Trade fair


May 15 to 19, 2023

Hanover, Germany

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