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
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:
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.