Welcome on the website of the Biobased Structures and Materials research group! Our team focuses on the use of wood as a renewable material for the building industry. Timber is light, very resistant, and with no doubt the most important renewable resource for structural applications, playing a more and more important role in developing a sustainable society. This is because CO2 is absorbed from the atmosphere while trees are growing, remaining stored inside the trunks and, as a consequence, also in timber structural elements: the longer the lifespan of a wood-based building, the greater the positive impact of the construction on the climate!
Our group is chaired by Prof. Dr. Ir. Jan-Willem van de Kuilen, and is composed of four staff members and three Ph.D. students.