MBI staff member
Personal info


E-mail address:



Dr. Christoph Hauf

hauf [at] mbi-berlin.de

+49 30 6392 1473


Member of Project: 3.3 "Transient Structures and Imaging with X-rays ";

Femtosecond X-ray diffraction


Research Topic

Short introduction:

In a pump-probe approach, photo-induced structure changes in the femtosecond time domain are studied by diffracting ultrashort hard X-ray pulses from the excited sample. Both changes of atomic arrangements, i.e. lattice geometries, and of electronic charge density are addressed. The measurement of transient electron density maps has been pioneered by MBI and requires the simultaneous detection of many diffraction peaks. Femtosecond powder diffraction and the rotation method for single crystals have been implemented to fulfill this requirement.


Curriculum vitae

  • 01/2015 - present: Scientist
    Prof. Dr. Thomas Elsässer
  • 01/2008 - 12/2014: Ph.D. Thesis: "Experimentelle Elektronendichtestudien als Schlüssel zum Verständnis chemischer und physikalischer
    Eigenschaften in ausgewählten Modellsystemen"
    University Augsburg, Germany, Dr. rer. nat.
    Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Scherer
  • 09/2006 - 12/2007: Diploma Thesis: "Design der elektronischen Eigenschaften von Hybridmaterialien auf Molybdänoxidbasis"
    University Augsburg, Germany
    Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Scherer
  • 09/2002 - 12/2007: Physics studies (Diplom)
    University of Augsburg, Germany


Research Highlights



Publications at MBI

List of own publications with no relation to MBI:

  • Charge Scaling Effect in Ionic Liquids from the Charge Density Analysis of N,N-dimethylimidazolium methylsulfate
    W. Beichel, N. Trapp, C. Hauf, O. Kohler, G. Eickerling, W. Scherer and I. Krossing Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 53, 3143-3146.

  • Probing the Zintl-Klemm Concept: A combined experimental and theoretical charge density study of the Zintl phase CaSi
    I. M. Kurylyshyn, T. F. Fässler, A. Fischer, C. Hauf, G. Eickerling, M. Presnitz and W.Scherer Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 53, 3029-3032.

  • On the Control Parameters of the Quasi-One Dimensional Superconductivity in Sc3CoC4
    G. Eickerling, C. Hauf, E.-W. Scheidt, L. Reichardt, Ch. Schneider, A. Muñoz, S. Lopez- Moreno, A. H. Romero, F. Porcher, G. André, R. Pöttgen, and W. Scherer, Z. Anorg. Allg. Chem. 2013, 639 1985-1995.

  • Remanent Si–H Interactions in Late Transition Metal Silane Complexes
    C. Hauf, J. E. Barquera-Lozada, P. Meixner, G. Eickerling, S. Altmannshofer, D. Stalke, T. Zell, D. Schmidt, U. Radius, and W. Schere, Z. Anorg. Allg. Chem. 2013 639 1996- 2004.

  • A Unifying Bonding Concept for Metal Hydrosilane Complexes
    W. Scherer, P. Meixner, J. E. Barquera-Lozada, C. Hauf, A. Obenhuber, A. Brück, D. J. Wolstenholme, K. Ruhland, D. Leusser und D. Stalke, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, 52, 6092-6096.

  • On the Chemical Shifts of Agostic Protons
    J. E. Barquera-Lozada, A. Obenhuber, C. Hauf und W. Scherer, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2013, 117, 4304-4315.

  • On the Nature of -Agostic Interactions - A Comparison between the Molecular Orbital and Charge Density Picture
    W. Scherer, V. Herz und C. Hauf, Struct. Bond., 2012, 146, 159-208.

  • On the Interplay Between Real and Reciprocal Space Properties
    W. Scherer, G. Eickerling, C. Hauf, M. Presnitz, E-W. Scheidt, V. Eyert und R. Pöttgen, Modern Charge-Density Analysis, C. Gatti and P. Macchi (eds.), 2012, 359-385, Springer Netherlands.
  • The Nature of -Agostic Bonding in Late-Transition-Metal Alkyl Complexes
    W. Scherer, V. Herz, A. Brück, C. Hauf, F. Reiner, S. Altmannshofer, D. Leusser und D. Stalke, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2011, 50, 2845-2849.

  • Possible Indicators for Low Dimensional Superconductivity in the Quasi-1D Carbide Sc3CoC4
    E-W. Scheidt, C. Hauf, F. Reiner, G. Eickerling und W. Scherer, J. Phys.: Conf. Ser., 2011, 273, 012083.

  • Superconductivity in Quasi One-Dimensional Carbides
    W. Scherer, C. Hauf, M. Presnitz, E.-W. Scheidt, G. Eickerling, V. Eyert, R.-D. Hoffmann, U. Rodewald, A. Hammerschmidt, Ch. Vogt und R. Pöttgen, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.,2010, 49, 1578-1582.
  • On the Electronic Structure of Ni(II) Complexes Featuring Chelating Bisguanidine Ligands
    P. Roquette, A. Maronna, A. Peters, E. Kaifer, H.-J. Himmel, C. Hauf, V. Herz, E.-.W
    Scheidt und W. Scherer, Chem. Eur. J, 2010, 16, 1336-1350.

  • Ceramic Methyltrioxorhenium
    R. Herrmann, K. Tröster, G. Eickerling, C. Helbig, C. Hauf, R. Miller, F. Mayr, H.-A. Krug von Nidda, E.-W. Scheidt und W. Scherer, Inorg. Chim. Acta, 2006, 359, 4779- 4788.