Dr. Ernst-Christian Koch, owner of Lutradyn studied chemistry at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern (TUK), Germany obtaining his Diploma in 1993 and his doctorate (see certificate below), for a dissertation in organotransition metal chemistry, in 1995. Following basic military service with the Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Protection Centres of the German Armed Forces at Sonthofen (ABC/SeS) and Munster (WIS) Dr. Koch became Head of Development at the Göllheim Pyrotechnics works (Piepenbrock, Comet) in 1997. From 2002-2003 he worked for Diehl Munitionssysteme Nonnweiler as Head of Pyrotechnics and Countermeasures and became Head of Energetic Materials at Diehl BGT Defence, Röthenbach in 2004. In mid-2007 he was appointed Technical Specialist Officer Energetic Materials of the NATO Munitions Safety Information Analysis Centre (MSIAC) at NATO Headquarters in Brussels and joined NATO in January 2008. Following his departure from NATO in 2013 Dr. Koch held a position as Senior Lecturer in Defence Chemistry at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom in Shrivenham until recently. Since 2007 Dr. Koch is a visiting lecturer with the Technical University of Kaiserslautern.
Dr. Koch served as President to the International Pyrotechnics Society (IPS) for two consecutive terms (2012-2014, 2014-2016). He remained on the IPS-board of directors (BOD) as immediate past president until June 2018 and was appointed Executive Advisor to the BOD in 2022. In this honorary function he facilitates advancing scientific information exchange, improving the connectivity between researchers in the field and supporting young scientists, i.a. by creating the Dr. Bernard E. Douda-Young Scientist Award (DBD-YSA) in 2012.
Under Dr. Kochs supervision as president and head of referee board the DBD-YSA-awards have been conferred to the following aspiring scientists (check the embedded links for their post-award career steps):
- 1st, 2012 / Dr. Justine M. L. Corbel, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, An Intriguing Oscillating Combustion Phenomenon
- 2nd, 2013 / Dr. Martin Rahm, University of Southern California, USA, The Quest for the Missing Energetic Building-Block Nitryl Cyanide, NCNO2
- 3rd, 2014 / Dr. Anthony P. Shaw, U.S. Army RDECOM-ARDEC, USA, Advanced Boron Carbide-Based Visual Obscurants for Military Smoke Grenades
- 4th, 2015 / Dr. Michael M. Nardai, Fraunhofer ICT, Germany, Interaction Energies Between Binder Polymers and Crystalline Surfaces in Composite Materials Determined by Solution Microcalorimetry and Computer Simulation
- 5th, 2016 / Dr. Jonathan M. Dilger, U.S. Navy NSWC Crane, USAPyrolysis / Gas Chromatography / Mass Spectrometry: A New Tool to Detect Toxic Byproducts of Pyrotechnic Reactions
Dr. Koch is a current member of the
- Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), AG Fluorchemie,
- German Chapter of the Combustion Institute,
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Wehrtechnik,
- Deutscher Sprengverband, and
- International Ballistics Society (IBS).
Dr. Koch serves as an Editorial Advisory Board Member both for
Propellants Explosives Pyrotechnics since 2006, and
Defence Technolgy, since 2018.
FirePhysChem, since 2022
Dr. Koch co-initiated the Annual Workshop on Pyrotechnic Combustion Mechanisms in 2004 and continues to chair it. In addition he serves as reviewer for the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP).
Dr. Koch has published 46 peer reviewed publications, edited topical issues in Journal of Pyrotechnics and Propellants Explosives Pyrotechnics.
He has written 15 MSIAC-reports, three book chapters and four books (2 in English & 2 in German). He further holds 34 patents on energetic materials and pyrotechnic countermeasures.
Honors & Awards
In 2006 Dr. Koch was awarded the Frank Carver Bursary Award of the International Pyrotechnics Society for his Contribution: Experimental Advanced Infrared Flare Compositions.
In 2014 Dr. Koch has been admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.