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  • Press release / 2017

    Joint project HyAlt4Chem launched in Braunschweig

    Braunschweig / 17.8.2017

    © Photo Reiling

    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. For the duration of three years, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research WKI, Green Sugar AG, GNS mbH, ORmatic GmbH and the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy ATB will work together within the HyAlt4Chem project on the extraction of bio-based chemical products from waste wood. The project is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the framework of the “KMU-NetC” funding program for small and medium-sized enterprises. The project partners came together in Braunschweig for the ceremonial signing of the cooperation agreement.

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  • Press release / 2017

    Professor Dr. Rainer Marutzky celebrates 70th birthday

    Braunschweig / 11.8.2017

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    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.

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  • © Photo Fraunhofer WKI | Manuela Lingnau

    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.

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  • © Photo Fraunhofer WKI | Simone Peist

    On 21st and 22nd June 2017, around 200 participants from nine countries met in Würzburg in order to obtain information on and discuss current issues concerning the value chain adhesive and wood. Fraunhofer WKI scientists presented their latest research results.

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  • © Photo Fraunhofer WKI | Bettina Meyer

    On 15th May 2017, the day before the Interzum trade fair, the Association of the German Wood-Based Panel Industry VHI, together with the Fraunhofer WKI and the ihd as well as the Kölnmesse, organized an innovation workshop on wood-based materials. The conference was focused upon selected research projects and applications.

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  • Innovative bracing for durable structures / 2017

    Protecting buildings against earthquakes

    Research News / 4.7.2017

    © Photo Fraunhofer WKI, Norbert Rüther

    Across the world, severe earthquakes regularly shake entire regions. More than two billion people live in danger zones – many of them in structures not built to withstand an earthquake. Together with partners from industry, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research WKI are developing building materials designed to prevent buildings from collapsing in a natural disaster.

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  • Press release / 2017

    Workshop “Low-emission building products and residential health”

    Braunschweig / 3.4.2017

    © Photo Fraunhofer WKI | Simone Peist

    The Fraunhofer WKI workshop in Braunschweig on 22nd and 23rd February, 2017 focused upon low-emission building products and their influence on residential health. Over the course of 12 presentations, around 100 participants from industry, associations, authorities and research institutes were provided with information concerning current research into indoor hygiene, evaluation systems for emissions from building products in Europe and Smart Homes.

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  • Raw material shift / 2017

    Sugar beet pulp: The new raw resource for materials?

    Press release / 30.3.2017

    © Photo Pfeifer und Langen/CC BY-SA 3.0

    The application of sugar beet pulp in composite materials or as a component of plastic films will provide sugar beet producers with new fields of business in the future and reduces the consumption of fossil raw materials. The Fraunhofer Institutes UMSICHT and WKI are working together with partners from agriculture and industry to investigate innovative and economical usage possibilities for beet pulp.

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  • © Photo Fraunhofer WKI | Simone Peist

    For the development of new functional, economic and sustainable products, research teams from the Fraunhofer WKI and the Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts are working on the combination of the positive properties of different materials. The application possibilities include, amongst others, automotive lightweight construction. A new technical center has been built in Hanover especially for this research.

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