• 9/20/2021
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TUM@Freising lecture series for the first time as a hybrid event

New potentials of the traditional raw material wood

The raw material wood has shaped the development of mankind like hardly any other natural material. For centuries, wood was one of the most important materials for satisfying people's basic material and energy needs. But how can we use this raw material today? At the TUM@Freising lecture series on Thursday, September 30, 2021, Prof. Klaus Richter from the Chair of Wood Science at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) will explain how wood can be optimized through innovative technology and what potential this offers for climate protection.

Wood with chemical signs Ralf Rosin / Holzforschung München
As part of the TUM@Freising lecture series, Prof. Klaus Richter will talk about the future of wood utilization and answer questions about it.

Wood is renewable, multifaceted and multifunctional. These three properties made the raw material one of the most important materials for mankind for centuries. It was only with the industrial revolution and the development of fossil resources that wood temporarily lost its importance as a material. But in the meantime, wood is once again valued as a sustainable resource. Currently, the raw material is in great demand and is becoming more and more expensive.

Prof. Klaus Richter heads the Chair of Wood Science at the TUM School of Life Sciences. In his lecture (in German), he will show how wood is structurally and chemically constructed and how the material is used, for example, as a material for the construction industry. He also addresses the question of how wood can be used as efficiently as possible in a forest-based bioeconomy and how the technologization of this natural resource can succeed. 

After the lecture, all participants are invited to put their questions to the speaker. The Q&A session will be moderated by TUM professor J. Philipp Benz.
Lecture date: Thursday, September 30, 2021, 7:00 p.m. 

The event will take place on site in Freising, in the pavilion of the Freising Music School, Kölblstraße 2, and will be simultaneously broadcast via Zoom. Due to Corona regulations, advance registration for the on-site event is required. Interested parties can register online; the information can be found at www.freising.wzw.tum.de.

You will also be able to ask the speaker in Zoom (password: 707568).

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About the speaker
Prof. Richter conducts R+D and knowledge transfer in wood science and wood industry. His focus in wood material science is to elucidate structure-property relationships of wood matrix polymers and technical polymers to improve e.g. adhesion, coating and modification technologies. In environmental sciences, he analyses the sustainability of processes and products of wood and building industries and their resource efficiency, e.g. by modelling and transforming cascading and end-of-life processes. 

Richter studied wood science at the University of Hamburg and received his doctoral degree within the scope of a DFG-research project about dendroclimatology at the Iberian Peninsula. As a research scientist at Empa (Swiss Federal Lab for Material Science and Technology, CH), he spent a post-doc year at the Forest Products Lab in Madison, USA. In 2003, he became head of Empa´s Wood Lab and lecturer at ETH Zurich. In April 2011, he was appointed professor at the Chair of Wood Science and, in 2012, head of TUM’s wood research laboratory.

About the series:
The lecture series "TUM@Freising - Science Explained for ALL" is organized by the Technical University of Munich together with the City of Freising. At regular intervals, the TUM School of Life Sciences presents its research in the form of a lecture of interest to lay people. A subsequent discussion with the audience is expressly desired after each lecture. The lecture series is intended to give the citizens of Freising direct access to the scientific work at the Weihenstephan campus and offers the scientists public input for their research work.

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Contacts to this article:

Prof. Dr. Klaus Richter
Technical University of Munich
Chair of Wood Science
Phone: +49 89 2180 - 6421
e-Mail: richter@hfm.tum.de

Susanne Neumann 
TUM School of Life Sciences 
Public Relations 
Phone: +49 8161-71-3207 
e-Mail: TUM.Freisingspam prevention@wzw.tum.de

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