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EFC President and Vice President


EFC President

Dr. Joerg Vogelsang
(term of office: 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022)

Jörg A. Vogelsang obtained a Diploma in Chemistry in 1988 and he wrote his PhD thesis in the group of Prof. Dr. M. Hauser at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the University of Stuttgart entitled "Convolution kinetics treatment of various excimer formation mechanisms with respect to nonstationary diffusion and molecular reaction parameters" (1991). Since 1992 he has worked for Sika, firstly in Stuttgart, Germany and after 2002 in Zurich, Switzerland. In Stuttgart he was responsible for basic research in corrosion of reinforcements in concrete and corrosion protection by organic coatings.
As a founding member of the EFC Working Party Coatings he became its chairman in 1998. In parallel, he was very active in the German corrosion society GfKORR, where he was appointed as member of the Scientific Committee in 1999 and he founded also a coatings working party for GfKORR in 2000. From 2001 until 2007 he served as chairman of the Science and Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) of the EFC.
In 2001, he was appointed as member of the scientific board of the "Karl-Winnacker" research institute of the DECHEMA e.V. and he was elected to the board of administrators of GfKORR e.V. After his move to Zurich in 2002, he created a surface and material science lab; in 2008 he was placed in charge of all analytical activities in Zurich and, since then, has coordinated Sika’s group activities in chemical analysis. In 2012, he was promoted as Corporate Head of Analytics & Testing. Since 2013, he has been an elected member of the EFC Board of Administrators (BoA) and in 2014 he commenced service as the vice president of GfKORR e.V.
He is also very active in standardization; he is member of several standardizing committees in Germany and in ISO, where he was Chair of TC35 SC9 for three terms. His special interest is the standardization of Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy and electrochemical methods applied to organic coatings in general. He has published more than 50 papers.

EFC Vice-President

Dr. Tomáš Prošek
(term of office: 1 January 2021 - 31 December 2022)

Tomáš Prošek graduated at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague in 1996.
From 2001 to 2015, he worked at Swedish Corrosion Institute in Stockholm, Sweden and at Institut de la Corrosion in Brest, France. He was responsible for construction, building and infrastructure activities with focus on atmospheric corrosion of galvanized and coil-coated steel materials. From January 2016, he is leading the Department of Metallic Construction Materials in Technopark Kralupy of the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague.
His research focuses on corrosion protection by metallic and organic coatings, atmospheric environmentally assisted cracking, hydrogen embrittlement, outdoor and accelerated corrosion testing and corrosion monitoring.
Besides teaching and research activities, Tomáš Prošek is the president of the Association of Czech and Slovak Corrosion Engineers (AKI), where he is developing training courses. From 2013 to 2019, he served as a member of Board of Administrators (BoA) of EFC.
He was awarded by the Prize of the Polish Corrosion Society in 2018, Edward C. Greco Award of the International Corrosion Council for leadership in organization and conduct of the 20th International Corrosion Congress in 2017, EFC Kurt Schwabe Prize to young scientists in recognition of the scientific and technical contribution to the field of corrosion in 2006 and the Czech Business Council for Sustainable Development Award in 1996.

EFC Past President

Professor J.M.C. Arjan Mol
(term of office: 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2020)

Arjan Mol obtained his MSc degree at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering of the Delft University of Technology (DUT) in 1996. His MSc Thesis focused on the post-forming properties (including corrosion properties) of glass fibre-metal laminates (GLARE) after deformation processing. After this, he obtained his PhD degree in 2000 at the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Department of the DUT on the study of the effects of microstructural variations in aluminium alloy surfaces on filiform corrosion properties. He continued his career as a project- and team leader for ‘Structural lifetime of building and civil engineering structures’ for 6 years at the Dutch Applied Research Organisation TNO.
In 2006, Arjan Mol returned to DUT-MSE and now is Full Professor of ‘Corrosion Technology and Electrochemistry’. Furthermore, since 2017, he has been Honorary Professor at the University of Science and Technology Beijing USTB in China. Since 2010, Arjan Mol has also been the Dutch Representative Member of the International Corrosion Council ICC.

His specific research focus areas are:

  • Local electrochemical analysis of corrosion mechanisms;
  • Surface treatment and interfacial bonding of organic coatings on metal (oxide) surfaces;
  • Multifunctional and eco-friendly corrosion inhibitors and evaluation of active protective coatings.

Currently, he is Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier’s journal "Corrosion Science" and Member of the Editorial Boards of "Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology", "Transactions of the Institute of Metal Finishing" and "Materials and Corrosion". He is also the Chairman of the EFC Working Party ‘Physico-chemical methods for Corrosion Research’ and, in the period of 2014-2016, he was Chairman of the EFC Science and Technology Advisory Committee (STAC).

In 2016, he was elected to become Vice-President of the EFC for 2017-2018, and as such is Member of the Board of Administrators as from 2017.