Dr. Andreas Menzel

photo of Andreas Menzel

Group Leader

Paul Scherrer Institut
Forschungsstrasse 111
5232 Villigen PSI



since 2011 group leader “Coherent X-ray Scattering” (CXS)
the group comprises four permanent positions, i.e., three staff scientists and one technician, and currently four postdoctoral appointees and one PhD student (status Jul 20, 2014)
since 2007 staff scientist at the Paul Scherrer Institut
My research focuses on extending the applicability of X-ray scattering and imaging techniques toward high resolution and specificity when characterizing statistically relevant ensembles, increasing dose efficiency, i.e., reducing sample consumption, and accessing transient states in operando. Starting from a fundamental understanding of the processes of X-ray scattering, propagation, and detection, experiments characteristically use and—if necessary—trigger the development of state-of-the-art instrumentation. Of particular interest is data and image analysis that is firmly underpinned by detection and estimation theory.
X-ray ptychography Characteristic for ptychography is its combination of high sensitivity and specificity with high spatial resolution and dose efficiency. The research goal encompasses development of the technique and pushing the envelope of what imaging capabilities are possible as well as turning ptychography into a technique that is useful for and usable by non-specialists.
High-brilliance applications of small-angle X-ray scattering: Small-angle X-ray scattering at a highly brilliant source with modern detectors enables measurements from small volumes, e.g., spatially resolved for imaging applications, with high time resolution for dynamics characterization, or with a combination of these properties and demands.
Management of the cSAXS beamline: Operation and development of the cSAXS beamline has the goal to provide a state-of-the-art facility for the Swiss and international user communities. We conduct instrumental, methodological, and analytical developments in order to maintain the beamline’s position as one of the premier facilities worldwide for coherent diffractive imaging and high-brilliance applications of small-angle X-ray scattering.
2005-2006 Marie-Curie postdoctoral fellow at BESSY
analysis of the switching behavior of magnetic multilayer systems and patterned media
2002-2005 post-doctoral appointee at Argonne National Laboratory
structural analysis of electrode adsorbates and their interaction with the electrode surfaces
summer 2001 visiting scientist at Ames Laboratory
investigating quantum size effects of epitaxially grown Pb islands on Si(111)
1998-2002 graduate research/teaching assistant at Georgia Institute of Technology
research on surface diffusion using low-energy electron diffraction intensity fluctuations, supporting classes, and teaching lab courses.
1996-1997 teaching assistant, physics department, University Stuttgart
1996-1996 assistant in the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Physics, University Stuttgart



School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA: Graduate studies
Doctor of Philosophy "Step Dynamics Measurements with Time-Resolved Low-Energy Electron Diffraction"
Master of Science in Physics
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA: Graduate studies in Digital Signal Processing and Communication
Master of Science
1994-1997 Studies in Physics at the University Stuttgart, including Higher Mathematics and Chemistry