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Klaus Achterhold

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Dr. Klaus Achterhold
Department of Physics (E17)
Technische Universität München
85748 Garching / Germany

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Phone: +49 89 289 12559
Fax: +49 89 289 12548

Scientific expertise

  • Simulation of grating based X-ray phase contrast imaging

  • X-ray tomography

  • Inelastic scattering of X-rays, neutrons and Mössbauer radiation

  • Mössbauer absorption

  • Protein structure determination

Scientific Interest

Complete field of Solid State Physics, Biophysics, Computational Physics, Mathematics (from the physicists point of view)

Top five publications

  • K. Achterhold, C. Keppler, A. Ostermann, U. van Bürck, W. Sturhahn, E.E. Alp and F.G. Parak, Vibrational dynamics of myoglobin determined by Phonon assisted Mössbauer effect, Phys. Rev. E 65, 051916 (2002)

  • C. Keppler, K. Achterhold, A. Ostermann, U. van Bürck, W. Potzel, A.I. Chumakov, A.Q.R. Baron, R. Rüffer and F. Parak, Determination of the phonon spectrum of iron in myoglobin using inelastic X-ray scattering of synchrotron radiation, Eur Biophys J 25, 221 (1997)

  • K. Achterhold, C. Keppler, U. van Bürck, W. Potzel, P. Schindelmann, E.-W. Knapp, B. Melchers, A.I. Chumakov, A.Q.R. Baron, R. Rüffer and F.G. Parak, Temperature dependent inelastic X-ray scattering of synchrotron radiation on myoglobin analyzed by Mössbauer effect, Eur. Biophys. J. 25, 43 (1996)

  • Raffaella Buonsanti, Vincenzo Grillo, Elvio Carlino, Cinzia Giannini, Maria Lucia Curri, Claudia Innocenti, Claudio Sangregorio, Klaus Achterhold, Fritz Günter Parak, Angela Agostiano, and Pantaleo Davide Cozzoli, Seeded Growth of Asymmetric Binary Nanocrystals Made of a Semiconductor TiO2 Rodlike Section and a Magnetic -Fe2O3 Spherical Domain, J. AM. CHEM. SOC. 128 (2006) 16953-16970

  • Birgit Weber, Eike Kaps, Jan Weigand, Chiara Carbonera, Jean-François Létard, Klaus Achterhold, and Fritz G. Parak, Cooperative Iron(II) Spin Crossover Complexes with N4O2 Coordination Sphere, Inorg. Chem. 47 (2008) 487-496

Peer-reviewed publications
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Other publications 

  • F. Parak and K. Achterhold, Structural distributions, fluctuations and structural relaxations in proteins, Current Topics in Biophysics . ed. Petre T. Frangopol, Mircea Sanduloviciu and Jeremy Smith, Al.I.Cuza University Press, Iasi, 4, 130 (1995)

  • K. Achterhold, F.G. Parak, Anisotropic Vibrations Labelled by the Haem Iron in Metmyoglobin, ESRF Highlights 2003

Short biography

Name Klaus Achterhold
Age born 26th November 1960
Nationality German
Marital status married, two daughters



1981-1985 Student at the "Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster", Physics
1987 Diploma thesis, WWU Münster, Institute of Physical Chemistry Ph.D. Student at the WWU Münster, Institute of Physical Chemistry
1989-1993 Ph.D. student at the "Johannes Gutenberg Univerität Mainz", Institute of Biophysics
1991-1993 Pause of the Ph.D. for the advancement of a multi wire proportional detector, "Johannes Gutenberg Univerität Mainz", Institute of Biophysics
since 1993 Ph.D. student at the "Technical University Munich", Physics Department
1995 Ph.D. in Physics
since 1995 Scientific researcher at the TUM, Physics Department


1987-2007 Supervision of student exercise groups at the WWU Münster, Univ. Mainz and TUM
2007- Lectureship in Biophysics



Sports active: Marathon, Volleyball

passive: Soccer
Music active: Piano, Organ

passive: Blues, Jazz, Rock, Progressive Rock, Classic