Dr. Ernst-Christian Koch studied chemistry at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, 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) and remained on the IPS-board of directors (BOD) as immediate past president until June 2018. In this honorary function he facilitated advancing scientific information exchange, improving the connectivity between researchers in the field and supporting young scientists by creating the Dr. Bernard E. Douda Young Scientist Award in 2012.
Under Dr. Kochs supervision as president and head of referee board the awards have been conferred to:
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 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 40 peer reviewed publications, edited topical issues in Journal of Pyrotechnics and Propellants Explosives Pyrotechnics.
He has written 15 MSIAC-reports, two book chapters and two books. He further holds 34 patents on energetic materials and pyrotechnic countermeasures.
In 2006 Dr. Koch was awarded the Frank Carver Bursary Award of the International Pyrotechnics Society for his Contribution: Experimental Advanced Infrared Flare Compositions.