We develop solutions to protect bio-based materials using coatings, surface modifications and impregnation systems, as well as developing innovative adhesive and composite materials systems. We set great store by the environmental credentials of our materials, processes and products, along with excellent indoor air quality.

Research and development

We develop scientifically rigorous, practice-oriented solutions to real-world problems. We maintain close contacts with other BFH institutes. This allows us to meet all your needs concerning materials, construction and the built environment.

Think of us as your outsourced development department or as a specialist complement to your own innovation team. Here are some of the ways we can collaborate with you:

  • Undertaking research projects on behalf of your business or institution
  • Developing technologies tailor made for your company (whether you are a small business or a large industrial player)
  • Supporting your application for research funding from national and international funding organisations (including Innosuisse, BAFU, Horizon 2020, M-ERA.NET)


We provide product testing and planning services for businesses and institutions, as well as expert advisory services. Our specialists also carry out feasibility studies and provide product and production optimisation services.

We offer the following services:

  • Testing services for furniture, furniture components and fittings for offices, homes, kitchens and schools
  • Materials testing services for solid wood and wood-based materials
  • Wood-based materials consulting services
  • Virtual reality consulting services
  • Environmental analyses
  • Microscopy analysis
  • Surface treatment testing services
  • Adhesives testing services
  • Chemicals testing services and structural analysis
  • Material emissions and indoor air quality testing services
  • Testing services for materials extracted from wood, bark and other plant-based materials
  • Testing services for pesticides in art and cultural artefacts


We benefit from excellent facilities that allow us to carry out a wide range of tests and measurements. These include the following laboratories:

Knowledge and technology transfer

We aim to disseminate all non-confidential research. To this end, we hold events and lectures, write specialist articles, conduct tours, organise workshops, and present our results at trade fairs.

Training and continuing education

We are heavily involved in teaching and continuing education. We supervise students’ projects and theses. We also frequently engage master’s students as assistants in research projects. In this way, we contribute to training the experts of the future.