Material Analysis and Indoor Chemistry

Research projects

Here you will find details of selected research projects. Please contact us if you require more information concerning our project portfolio.

 

Additional benefits of “NawaRo” insulation

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: “NawaRo”). Within the Fraunhofer WKI, four departments are participating in the project. In our department we are working on the project segment “Emissions”.

 

Influence of wood and wood-based materials on indoor air quality

In collaboration with the Thünen Institute, we are addressing the question as to how the emissions of wood and wood-based materials develop over a longer period of time and how they are relevant as regards indoor air in a real-life installation situation. The focus is thereby placed upon the development of new investigation procedures with regard to ensuring compliance with existing guideline values.

 

Emissions from electronic cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes have become increasingly popular in recent years as a replacement for traditional tobacco cigarettes. It is estimated that two million Germans already use e-cigarettes regularly. The question here is whether passive ‘vaping’ has an effect on others similar to passive smoking with traditional cigarettes.

 

Gas chromatography and olfactometry

Consumer goods and materials sometimes smell bad. We identify odour-active substances with a combination of gas chromatography and olfactometry (GC/O). The technology can additionally be applied for process and product optimisation.

 

Odour emissions from building products for indoor use

In order to ensure a consistent approach to odour assessment of indoor areas and/or materials for indoor use, the DIN ISO 16000-28 standard for the determination of odour emissions from building products has been compiled over the last few years and was adopted in March 2012. We tested the practicality of the suggested methods for the assessment of perceived odour intensity and hedonic.

 

EU project “MEMORI“ - Pollutants in museums

We develop a dosimeter for the assessment of air corrosiveness, investigate the effects of airborne compounds on items of cultural heritage and develop marketing concepts for the gained knowledge and devices.