Wood Modification


When wood is used outdoors, it is exposed to a variety of biotic and abiotic influences that can significantly reduce quality. For example, discolouration and loss of strength limit the use of untreated wood outdoors. To avoid fungal infestation, increase durability and improve dimensional stability, the activities of this research area focus on the development of novel methods for wood modification. Using various thermal and chemical process technologies, the composition of the wood is permanently changed and the service life of wood products is significantly extended.


  • Lignin2Wood - Biophenols from Lignin to Wood
  • FiRetWood - Development of innovative fire protection agents using textile cross-linking chemicals for wooden building components in outdoor applications
  • LVL Mast - Development of material- and construction-optimized transmission pylons
  • RiBe - Development of a weather-resistant and fire-resistant wood-based fibreboard as a carrier material for a concrete wear layer and production of a wood fibre concrete composite material for outdoor use
  • Ebenholz - Development of wood modification methods to replace ebony(Dispyros crassifolia) and grenadilla (Dalbergia melanoxylon) with native wood species in musical instrument making (synthetic ebony)
  • Innobond - Development of material-adapted adhesive systems for use in finger-jointed and surface-bonded solid wood products manufactured from both untreated and modified native hardwoods for non-structural components
  • PlanaWood 2 - Functionalisation of wood and wood-based materials
  • Holzschutz-CT - Characterization of penetration and distribution of protection systems in wood by X-ray based Micro Computed Tomography
  • Dauerbuche - Durable LVL from modified beech wood
  • SIGNO - Dyeing of wood and wood-based materials with phenolic metal complexes
  • 2TW - Second Generation of ThermoWood
  • Fibre+ - Innovative Paper Packaging Products for European SMEs Based on Functional Modification of Recovered Fibres
  • PlanaWood 1 - Functionalisation of wood and wood-based materials
  • modDäm - Production of wood fibre insulation boards with increased resistance to moisture and fungi from chemically modified fibres
  • Fehrensen - Production of marketable, innovative products with improved material properties from native hardwoods through a modification process with fatty acid-modified melamine and dyes
  • Siloxan - Siloxanes for wood treatment
  • WinFur - Development of novel isocyanate-based acceleration systems for use in the wood-based panel industry
  • Platte - Development of plywood with increased fungal resistance for use as a floor slab in low-floor buses
  • HiM - Wood in seawater - Investigations into the durability of modified wood in marine construction, especially against Teredo navalis
  • WoodExter - Behaviour of wood used outdoors above ground
  • modWPC - Improvement of the dimensional stability and other material properties of extruded wood-plastic composites (WPC) for outdoor use by chemical modification of the wood filler
  • InnoBuche -Innovative modified beech wood products - Improved material properties in light of increasing beech wood production and high consumer demands to ensure sustainability
  • modHWS - Development of novel wood-based materials from chemically modified veneers, fibres and chips
  • Basidio - Characterization of the degradation patterns of chemically modified wood by wood-destructive basidiomycetes
  • Hydrophob - Improvement of wood product properties by increased hydrophobicity obtained by the use of silicon compounds (Hydrophob)
  • Silan - Treatment of solid wood with silane compounds
  • BioT - Process for the treatment of wood and wood-based materials - Creation of new sales markets and fields of application for teak wood substitutes