Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Engel

Contact Details

Business card at TUMonline

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Engel’s (b. 1954) research centers on analytical assessment of food safety and food authenticity. His main areas of expertise are the analysis of chiral flavor compounds, the use of coupled chromatography techniques to analyze minor lipids and metabolite profiling of plant matrices.

After studying food chemistry at TU Karlsruhe, he completed his doctorate in 1983 at TU Berlin. He received a German Research Foundation (DFG) scholarship to undertake research in the USA. He returned to TU Berlin to complete his university lecturer qualification (1993). Prior to his appointment as full professor at TUM, he was director and professor of the “Novel Foods and Genetic Engineering” section at the Federal Institute for Health Protection of Consumers and Veterinary Medicine in Berlin. Prof. Engel is involved with the European Food Safety Authority where he works on assessing the risk of flavorings and novel foods.


  • Distinguished Service Award of the Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society (2004)
  • Fellow in the Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society (2002)

Key Publications

Röhlig R, Eder J, Engel K-H: “Metabolite profiling of maize grain: differentiation due to genetics and environment.” Metabolomics 2009; 5: 459-477.

Frank T, Nörenberg S, Engel K-H: „Metabolite profiling of two novel low phytic acid (lpa) soybean mutants.” J. Agric. Food Chem. 2009; 57: 6408-6416.

Strohalm H, Dregus M, Wahl A, Engel K-H: „Enantioselective analysis of secondary alcohols and their esters in purple and yellow passion fruits.”  J. Agric. Food Chem. 2007; 55: 10339-10344.

Takahisa E, Engel K-H: “2,3-Di-O-methoxymethyl-6-O-TBDMS-γ-CD: a new class of cyclodextrin derivatives for gas chromatographic separation of enantiomers.” J. Chromatogr. A 2005; 1063: 181-192.

Miller A, Frenzel Th, Schmarr H-G, Engel K-H: “Coupled liquid chromatography-gas chromatography for the rapid analysis of γ-oryzanol in rice lipids.” J. Chromatogr. A  2003; 985: 403-410.