The chemical composition of wood and other bio-resources determines their properties and is of great importance for their chemical-technological utilization.
In the Department of Wood Chemistry the basic chemical properties of wood and other lignin-containing bio-resources such as straw, bamboo and sugar cane are investigated. This includes the analysis of proportions and structures of the structural components cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin as well as of the extractives. Other key areas of work include the development of processes for processing bioresources to produce bio-based fibres, polymers, chemicals and materials. In addition, the recycling of bio-based products is being investigated.