Our research activities are based on extensive knowledge in the fields of materials science and chemistry of bio-based and synthetic materials, and the products they are used to make.
Chemical characterisation of raw materials and evaluation of formulations
We carry out the comprehensive chemical characterisation of raw materials, additives and other components of construction material products formulations. Our experts also analyse emissions-relevant components and process parameters.
Emissions from construction materials determination
By carrying out tests in emissions testing chambers, we determine the emissions of high, medium and low volatility organic compounds (VVOC, VOC and SVOC), formaldehyde, other carbonyl compounds and isocyanates from construction materials. In addition to all common standardised testing procedures, we also specialise in conducting emissions testing under specific, application-oriented conditions.
Assessment of the emissions behaviour of multi-layered structures
We enable the testing of the emissions behaviour of individual construction materials, but also of multi-layered structures based on them under application-oriented conditions. We use adapted emissions testing chambers or a 55m3 testing room.
Safety of construction processes
Together with our customers, we analyse and optimise construction processes to ensure compliance with contractually relevant reference and target values in new build or renovation processes.
Measurement of indoor air quality
We can determine pollution levels in indoor air in line with standards and the quality criteria of an accredited laboratory under ISO 17025. We can also carry out measurements of individual targeted compounds.
Institute for Materials and Wood Technology IWH
Material emissions is one of the key focus areas of the Institute for Materials and Wood Technology IWH. At the IWH, we develop and optimise multifunctional wood and composite materials as well as innovative products for the wood and construction industries, with a focus on the sustainable use of resources.
Other key focus areas include: