Prof. Dr. Andreas Gerdes


  • Scientific Director of the KIT Innovation Hub Prevention in Construction


  • Studied chemistry at the Technical University of Clausthal
  • Ph. D.  at ETH Zurich in the Department of Civil Engineering
  • Chair of Construction Chemistry at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences - Technology and Economics
  • Member of the KIT Faculty of Civil Engineering, Geo- and Environmental Sciences

Research projects (selection)

  • Foresight Innovation Communities (BMBF)
    Term: 15/05 – 17/10


  • Schwotzer, M.; Konno, K.; Kaltenbach, J.; Gerdes, A. The rim zone of cement-based materials – Barrier or fast lane for chemical degradation? Cem. Concr. Compos. 2016, 74, 236–243.
  • Herb, H.; Gerdes, A.; Brenner-Weiß, G. Characterization of silane-based hydrophobic admixtures in concrete using TOF-MS. Cem. Concr. Res. 2015, 70, 77–82.
  • Longo, R. C.; Cho, K.; Brüner, P.; Welle, A.; Gerdes, A.; Thissen, P. Carbonation of Wollastonite(001) Competing Hydration: Microscopic Insights from Ion Spectroscopy and Density Functional Theory. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2015, 7 (8), 4706–4712.
  • Schwotzer, M.; Scherer, T.; Gerdes, A. Immediate impact on the rim zone of cement based materials due to chemical attack: A focused ion beam study. Mater. Charact. 2015, 99, 77–83.
  • Süßmuth, J.; Schwotzer, M.; Gerdes, A. Computational Chemistry as a Tool for the Development of novel Construction Chemicals. In Proc. International RILEM Conference on Application of superabsorbent polymers and other new admixtures in concrete construction; Mechtcherine, V., Technische Universität Dresden, Eds.; RILEM Proceedings PRO; 2014; Vol. 95, pp 12–24.