Department of Chemistry

Christoph Rose-Petruck

Professor of Chemistry
GeoChem 245
Research Interests Ultrafast x-ray science, Ultrafast spectroscopy of chemical reactions, Medical x-ray and ultrasound imaging, X-ray microscopy


Research Statement 

  • The ultrafast motions of atoms during chemical reactions are investigated theoretically and experimentally using x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy.
  • Nano-structured objects are imaged using an imaging modality based on small-angle x-ray scattering. This imaging modality is applied to medical imaging, for instance of liver cancers, as well as the imaging of nanomaterial structures and their chemical or physical transformations. 
  • The upconversion of CO2 to feedstock for the chemical industry is studied electro-chemically using nano-structured electroytes.


  • 1993 - Dr. rer. nat.: Ludwid-Maximilians University, Muchen, Germany 
  • 1988 - Diplom, Physics: Technical University, Hannover, Germany 
  • 1984 - Vordiplom, Georg-August University, Gottingen, Germany


  • Rand D, Walsh EG, Derdak Z, Wands JR, Rose-Petruck C A highly sensitive x-ray imaging modality for hepatocellular carcinoma detection in vitro. Physics in Medicine and Biology2015; 60 (2)769-84. 
  • DeCiccio, D., Ahn, S.T., Sen, S., Schunk, F., Palmore, G.T.R., Rose-Petruck, C.Electrochemical reduction of CO2 with clathrate hydrate electrolytes and copper foam electrodes. Electrochemistry Communications2015; 52 : 13-16. 
  • Adams, Bernhard W., Rose-Petruck, Christoph, Jiao, Yishuo. Picosecond-resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy at low signal contrast using a hard X-ray streak camera. J Synchrotron Radiat. 2015; 22 (4) : 1022-1029.
  • Adams, Bernhard W., Rose-Petruck, Christoph X-ray focusing scheme with continuously variable lens. J Synchrotron Radiat. 2015; 22 (1) : 16-22.
  • Brůža, P., Pánek, D., Vrbová, M., Fidler, V., Rose-Petruck, C. Spatial frequency heterodyne imaging in the soft x-ray water window. Appl. Phys. Lett2014; 104 (25) : 254101. 
  • Rand, Danielle, Uchida, Masaki, Douglas, Trevor, Rose-Petruck, Christoph X-ray spatial frequency heterodyne imaging of protein-based nanobubble contrast agents. Opt. Express. 2014; 22 (19) : 23290. 
  • Chollet, Matthieu, Ahr, Brian, Walko, Donald A., Rose-Petruck, Christoph, Adams, Bernhard 2-ps Hard X-Ray Streak Camera Measurements at Sector 7 Beamline of the Advanced Photon Source. IEEE J. Select. Topics Quantum Electron. 2012; 18 (1) : 66-73. 
  • Wu, Binbin, Liu, Yanan, Rose-Petruck, Christoph, Diebold, Gerald J. X-ray spatial frequency heterodyne imaging. Appl. Phys. Lett2012; 100 (6) : 061110. 
  • Rand D, Ortiz V, Liu Y, Derdak Z, Wands JR, Tatíček M, Rose-Petruck C. Nanomaterials for X-ray Imaging: Gold Nanoparticle Enhancement of X-ray Scatter Imaging of Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Nano Letters. 2011; 11 (7) : 2678-83. 
  • Ahr, Brian, Chollet, Matthieu, Adams, Bernhard, Lunny, Elizabeth M., Laperle, Christopher M., Rose-Petruck, Christoph. Picosecond X-ray absorption measurements of the ligand substitution dynamics of Fe(CO)5 in ethanol. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2011; 13 (13) : 5590. 
  • Liu, Yanan, Ahr, Brian, Linkin, Alexander, Diebold, Gerald J., Rose-Petruck, Christoph X-ray spatial harmonic imaging of phase objects. Optics letters2011; 36 (12) : 2209.