Quality Assessment

Research and Development

Research Focuses


Formaldehyde Testing Methods

We do not only test products regarding formaldehyde – we also apply our years of experience to further develop the testing procedures.


Gluing, Bonding and Adhesives

We develop and optimize adhesive systems for the production of wood-based materials and for wooden construction.

Research Projects

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



In cooperation with the Institute of Joining and Welding Techniques (TU Braunschweig) and the department for Timber Structures and Building Rehabilitation (University of Kassel), we are developing procedures and technologies for the quick and simple production of high-quality wood-concrete composite elements through application of an innovative rapid-bonding technique. 


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”). 


Development of low-formaldehyde dispersion adhesives

For the manufacture of wood-based products, aminoplastic resins containing formaldehyde are primarily used as binding agents. The goal of this project is the development of an alternative in the form of an innovative low-formaldehyde and, moreover, bio-based dispersion adhesive for the production of wood-based materials on the basis of polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) with radical polymerizable sugar derivatives. 



Pressed wood panels are composed of chopped or cut wood that is glued together using adhesives. Most of these resins are petroleum based products containing a hazardous chemical: formaldehyde. The acceptable levels of formaldehyde in wood pressed products have been reduced over the past decades due to increased public awareness on its effects on health and the consequent consumer demand for non-hazardous products. We are developing a formaldehyde-free thermo-setting bio-based resin (pre-polymer) for wood-based panels.


Isocyanate reactivity in wood bonding

Due to the current debate concerning the emissions of formaldehyde from wood-based materials, an enhanced potential for isocyanates as cross-linking adhesive components can be seen. The application of isocyanates in wood bonding may not, however, be regarded as trivial. We are developing an analytical method which will enable us to follow and evaluate the isocyanate reactivity. 


OptiGas 2020

We are revising the procedure for the determination of formaldehyde release in accordance with the gas analysis method ISO 12460-3. In addition to a shortening of the testing time and an optimization of the analytics, the focus of the research work is also being placed upon the applicability of the gas analysis method to other wood-based materials as well as the implementation of the findings in standardization procedures.


Fast Curing Adhesive in Wooden Panel Construction

The aim of a recently completed co-operation research project between the Fraunhofer WKI and the Institute of Joining and Welding, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany was the development of a new rapid adhesive bonding technology in wood panel construction for modular prefabricated houses. 

Current publications of our department

Here you will find current publications resulting from the research work carried out by our department. All publications made by the Fraunhofer WKI in trade journals and conference proceedings (since 1980) are recorded in the database “Fraunhofer-Publica”. Furthermore, all articles from a particular year are listed in our Annual Report.


YearTitle/AuthorDocument Type
2018Mehr als nur Dämmung. Zusatznutzen von Dämmstoffen aus nachwachsenden Rohstoffen. Gesamtprojekt
Link, C.; Rüther, N.; Schwab, H.
Conference Paper
2018Die stoffliche Nutzung von nachwachsenden Rohstoffen als Dämmstoffe im Bauwesen: Zusatznutzen und Grenzen
Schwenke, T.; Rüther, N.; Schwab, H.
Conference Paper
2017Formaldehyd-Emissionen auf ein Viertel senken?: Neues europäisches Klassifizierungssystem (CDF) als Möglichkeit einer drastischen Reduzierung der Formaldehyd-Werte
Schwab, H.; Meyer, B.
Journal Article
2017Nawaro-Dämmstoffe. Charakterisierung des Glimmens von Holzfaserdämmstoffen mittels der Glimmbeschleunigung
Schwab, H.; Kolb, T.; Link, C.
Conference Paper
2017Synthese von Celluloseacetat an Holzoberflächen zur Realisierung eines biobasierten, autoadhäsiven und formaldehydfreien Klebstoffs für die Holzwerkstoffindustrie: Bioklebstoff@Holz. Kurzoriginal
Pecher, H.
Conference Paper
This publication list has been generated from the publication database Fraunhofer-Publica.