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  • The photo shows a cuboid laboratory instrument, around 90 cm high, on rollers. On its sides, it has a display and various connections for tubes. Sitting on the closed top surface of the device is a laptop.
    © Fraunhofer WKI | Manuela Lingnau

    What reactions take place in indoor areas and what reaction products are thereby formed? In which ways are humans exposed to air pollutants in the indoor environment? Scientists at the Fraunhofer WKI investigate complex chemical processes in indoor air and conduct research into human exposure to airborne compounds in relation to environmental influences, building and furnishing products, clothing and body-care products as well as personal consumption habits. With the newly acquired “Proton-transfer-reaction time-of-flight mass spectrometer” (PTR-TOF-MS), the researchers are now able to perform measurements with even greater precision and higher temporal resolution.

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  • The photo shows a three-story modern office building with a facade of clinker and wood.
    © Fraunhofer WKI

    With the 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.

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  • The photo shows a researcher holding a triangular floating island made from mycelium material, in which plants are growing. At the corners, connecting elements made from wood can be seen.
    © Design studio “morgen.” | Maischa Souaga

    First place in the 2022 Fraunhofer Communication Award goes to “Grünes Wasser” (Green Water), a project that has brought new life to the “Fleete” (canals) of Hamburg’s city center, with the participation of the general public. Once filled with boats, sailors and goods from all over the world, the waterways are now largely unused and devoid of vegetation. Christoph Pöhler from the Fraunhofer WKI and Beate Kapfenberger and Martha Starke from the design studio “morgen.” have developed floating islands which are made from a lightweight material that consists entirely of renewable raw materials and upon which plants can be grown. During a participatory action in June 2022, which was accompanied by cross-media, the islands were endowed with their plants and then launched into the water.

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  • The image shows, clockwise from top left: hemp fibers, insulation mats, square timber, and an interior room constructed from wood. In the center is a graphic representation of a house.
    © Fraunhofer WKI | Manuela Lingnau

    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. The modules cover renewable raw materials from their extraction through to their utilization 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.

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  • The photo shows a chair, which has a circular, upholstered seat and a metal frame.
    © Fraunhofer WKI

    In collaboration with designer Jonathan Radetz, researchers at the Fraunhofer WKI have developed a lightweight item of seating furniture whose seat shell and upholstery are produced in one single step from a material known as organic sheet. The project team investigated whether used textiles can be utilized in order to manufacture an item of seating furniture in accordance with both aesthetic and sustainable criteria. The manufacturing principle can be transferred to other areas of application, such as the interior outfitting of cars.

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  • The photo shows a group of three people, with a crowd in the background.
    © Patrick Lux

    On the 12th of October 2022, the Wood-based Panel Symposium in Hamburg kicked off with an evening event. The Fraunhofer WKI and the European Panel Federation (EPF) are organising the networking event for the 12th time in cooperation with the International Association for Technical Wood Issues (iVTH). From the 12th to 14th of October 2022, the Wood-Based Panel Symposium offers the approximately 320 participants the opportunity for an exchange on the most important trends and challenges in the wood-based panel industry.

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  • Portrait photo shows the two new speakers.
    © Fraunhofer

    As of October 1, 2022, the Fraunhofer network “Science, Art and Design” has new speakers: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Welf-Guntram Drossel (Fraunhofer IWU) and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens Krzywinski (Fraunhofer IVI). The former speakers Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bohumil Kasal and Prof. Dr. Matthias Klingner were given a ceremonial farewell.

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  • The photo shows three new transport boxes on a conveyor belt.
    © Fraunhofer WKI

    Researchers at the Fraunhofer WKI have collaborated with an industrial partner on the production of injection-molded transport boxes that are more rigid than conventional small load carriers but nevertheless still impact-resistant. For the production, they used discarded transport boxes as well as recycled PET fibers in order to close the material cycle.

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  • New video: Hybrid material systems

    Press note / October 05, 2022

    © Fraunhofer

    How can buildings be constructed in the most resource-efficient, cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing way possible? Researchers at the Fraunhofer WKI combine different materials to create high-performance building elements with a minimum of materials and energy. This conserves resources, protects the climate and expand the architectural design leeway. A new video provides insight into these novel hybrid material systems.

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  • The picture shows Professor Bohumil Kasal during his keynote lecture. He is standing on the stage of a conference hall. Around 50 people are sitting in the audience.
    © Woodrise 2022 | InnoRenew CoE

    Are building materials and other materials made from renewable raw materials forward-looking or just a modern trend? Are they really sustainable? These were the questions posed by Professor Bohumil Kasal, Institute Director of the Fraunhofer WKI, to an international audience from wood research and the construction industry at the “Woodrise 2022” conference.

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