This image shows cells containing cellulose taken from the cross section of a plant stem. 


Wood is a renewable raw material whose use has not yet been optimised in Switzerland. As a multi-functional material, wood holds a high substitution potential for applications where mineral oil and other non-renewable resources have principally been used until now. Wood is a potential raw material for oil-based basic chemicals, plastics and many other materials, particularly those used in building.

The aim of NRP 66 is to develop approaches and methods that will improve wood availability and planning while making wood more competitive compared to other materials. The researchers involved in this NRP apply an interdisciplinary approach to the study of wood as a resource, be it at molecular, submicroscopic (fibres, fibrils) or macroscopic level (large structures).

In so doing, they create the prerequisites for fully exploiting wood’s potential to replace other materials. At the same time, they collaborate intensively with partners from the practical sphere. The NRP is working together with the innovation promotion agency of the Swiss Confederation (CTI) to ensure that the knowledge and technologies resulting from the NRP are effectively and economically translated into the practical realm.

Furthermore, small and medium-sized enterprises are to be involved in the implementation of research results at an early stage. The NRP’s holistic, interdisciplinary approach generates research synergies that benefit all actors along the value chain.

The NRP 66 has an overall budget of CHF 18 million at its disposal. The timeframe for the research is 5 years.

Main research topics

Research approches and modules

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