Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Gehlen


Materials Science and Testing​​​​​​​

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Gehlen (b. 1966) researches in the field of construction materials. The objective of his work is to find ways to describe and predict the lifespan of mineral and metallic building materials taking exposure into consideration.

After studying chemistry and mineralogy in Bonn, he qualified as a civil engineer at RWTH Aachen in 1995. He went on to complete his doctorate at RWTH Aachen in 2000. After that, he founded an international engineering firm in Munich along with two partners. After accepting a Chair at the University of Stuttgart (2006), he joined the faculty of TUM in 2008. Prof. Gehlen is a member of several panels and committees in Germany and around the world. From 2012–2016, he served as Dean of Studies, and has since 2016 been Dean of the TUM Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering.


  • Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts (2018)
  • Fellowship for Innovation in Academic Instruction, Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, Joachim Herz Stiftung (2012/2013)
  • Rüsch Research Prize, awarded by Deutscher Beton- und Bautechnik-Verein e.V. (2001)
  • Readymix Promotional Prize, awarded by Readymix Deutschland AG (2000)​
  • Thyssen-Hünnebeck Award, Thyssen Hünnebeck Foundation (1995)

Lowke D, Dini E, Perrot A, Weger D, Gehlen C, Dilleburger B: "Particle-bed 3D printing in concrete construction – Possibilities and challenges". Cement and Concrete Research. 2018; 112: 50-65. 


Lowke D, Gehlen C: "The zeta potential of cement and additions in cementitious suspensions with high solid fraction". Cement and Concrete Research. 2017; 95: 195-204.


von Greve-Dierfeld S, Gehlen, C: "Performance-based durability design, carbonation, part 3: PSF approach and a proposal for the revision of deemed-to-satisfy rules". Structural Concrete. 2016; 17: 718–728.


Kränkel T, Lowke D, Gehlen C: "Prediction of the creep behaviour of bonded anchors until failure – A rheological approach". Construction and Building Materials. 2015; 75: 458-464.


Gehlen C, Schießl P: “Probability-Based Durability Design for the Western Scheldt Tunnel”. Structural Concrete Journal of the fib P1. 1999; 2: 1-7.