Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI

Double-rapier weaving machine with Jacquard attachment

With the new weaving machine, we are able to produce innovative lightweight composite materials with complex, application-specific fabric structures and integrated functions.

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Wood foam walls for energy-efficient buildings

We develop environmentally-friendly textile-reinforced wood foam sandwich elements for the exterior walls of buildings, with high thermal protection and simultaneously low wall cross-sections.

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Additional benefits of “NawaRo” insulation materials

Under the leadership of the Fraunhofer WKI, a consortium of twelve research institutes is conducting interdisciplinary research into holistic solutions in order to significantly increase the application of insulation materials made from renewable raw materials (German: nachwachsende Rohstoffe, “NawaRo”).

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Industrial Computed Tomography

Materials scientists at the Fraunhofer WKI are expanding their portfolio for material and component characterization through a high-performance computer tomograph.

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Cracks in melamine resin surfaces

We are identifying the significant parameters in order to achieve adequate crack resistance in melamine resin-impregnated papers and are thereby developing appropriate testing methods.

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CeluPack – Pressure-resistant packaging material made from pure lignocellulose

We are developing a climate-friendly packaging material made primarily from residual agricultural materials such as corn cobs and other lignocellulose-based materials such as wood. It can be recycled together with cardboard secondary packaging.

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Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures

The Fraunhofer WKI and the TU Braunschweig are, in collaboration with the industry, developing hybrid lightweight building systems on the basis of renewable raw materials for use in multi-storey building construction. A new building for the Center on the campus of the TU Braunschweig is in planning.

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Fraunhofer Project Centre Wolfsburg

Together with two further Fraunhofer institutes, the Fraunhofer WKI is developing system solutions for the series production of resource-saving and cost-effective lightweight components for the automotive industry.

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research specializes in process technology, natural-fiber composites, 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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Formaldehyde emission: Compliance date extension for EPA regulation (prepublication)

EPA has published a prepublication concerning the extension of the compliance dates in the formaldehyde final rule “TSCA Title VI”.


Press release / 17.8.2017

Joint project HyAlt4Chem launched in Braunschweig

On 17th August 2017, a new research project was launched at the Fraunhofer WKI in which the participating partners will develop an innovative concept for the material utilization of recycling and waste wood. The project partners came together in Braunschweig for the ceremonial signing of the cooperation agreement.


Press release / 11.8.2017

Professor Dr. Rainer Marutzky celebrates 70th birthday

On 11th August 2017, Professor Dr. Rainer Marutzky, the former long-standing Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut, celebrated his 70th birthday.


Press release / 8.8.2017

Carlos Andrés García Velásquez as “Green Talent” at the WKI

The young researcher Carlos Andrés García Velásquez from Colombia has been working at the Fraunhofer WKI since June 2017 within the framework of a scholarship. As one of the winners of the so-called “Green Talents Award” 2016, he will carry out research in the Surface Technology department for three months.

Events and Fairs

Online Seminar

Formaldehydfreie Klebstoffe in der Holzwerkstoffindustrie

19th September 2017


Biocomposites Conference Cologne

6th to 7th December 2017


23th International Timber Construction Forum

6th to 8th December 2017


11th European Wood-based Panel Symposium

10th to 12th October 2018

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 9296-2212
Fax +49 511 9296-992212


Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA®

The Fraunhofer WKI is building a ”Centre for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA” at the TU Braunschweig campus.


Fraunhofer Project Centre Wolfsburg

c/o Open Hybrid LabFactory e.V.
Hermann-Münch-Str. 1
38440 Wolfsburg