Laboratory of Wood Technology (Woodlab)


  • Staff: learn about the researchers, master thesis students and former co-workers
  • Projects: information on current, recently finished and past projects as well as master theses
  • Publications: a list of articles, conference papers, books, etc
  • Equipment: an overview of the whole range of equipment, subdivided in the aforementioned research activities
  • Services: the services Woodlab delivers to researchers, industry, etc
  • Networking: different groups, both nationally as well as internationally, Woodlab is involved in
  • Best wishes for 2018 from the Woodlab team!

Nieuwjaar 2018

  • Dr. ir. Tom De Mil defended his PhD on Friday 28/04/2017. Congratulations Tom!
  •  PhD student Victor Deklerck on the German radio, explaining a new technique (DART-TOFMS) for wood species identification: listen to the interview "Holz ist nicht gleich Holz".
  • The research report on reliable tools for evaluating the strength of historically valuable building timber can be downloaded here (in Dutch). This research was commissioned by the "Agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed".



Two vacancies at Woodlab:


Welcome at the website of the Laboratory of Wood Technology (Woodlab). This research group is part of the department of Forest and Water Management, situated at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University, Belgium. Woodlab is also part of the research platform.

The research group Woodlab is headed by Prof. Joris Van Acker and consists of 16 researchers (one post-doc, 11 PhD students and 4 researchers) and a support technical staff of five people. Woodlab acquired over 40 years of experience in scientific and technological research on wood and maintains close contacts with all segments of the wood-processing industry and research groups involved in the forestry-wood chain.

The laboratory has elaborated its research activities in different research domains under 3 major headings:

(1) Structure

comprising activities on wood biology, wood quality, wood and tree properties, tree ring analysis both for temperate and tropical regions.

(2) Service life

dealing with biological durability, wood modification, wood preservating, coatings and service life predicting.

(3) Forest products

with a link to processing and industrial products both as materials (sawn timber, wood based panels, pulp and paper, etc) and as bioenergy.