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EFC Scientific Secretary


Dr. Roman Bender

In March 2013, Dr. Roman Bender succeeded Juliet Ippolito in the position of Scientific Secretary of the Federation. His principal responsibilities include:

  • the coordination and development of activities of the Science and Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) and the EFC Working Parties;
  • the provision of full secretarial services to the STAC meetings and liaison with working parties, attending and reporting progress to meetings of the BoA, its supporting committees and the General Assembly;
  • supporting the preparation of the scientific programme for EUROCORR;
  • the preparation of the EFC calendar of events;
  • supporting the regular update of the EFC Working Party web pages and the pages on EFC events and courses based on the content received;
  • liaison with like-minded European and International bodies.

Roman Bender, born in 1971, studied chemistry at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen from 1992 to 1997. After having received his diploma he joined the Karl Winnacker Institute of DECHEMA (since 2013 DECHEMA-Forschungsinstitut) in Frankfurt (Main) as a research associate. Since 2000, he is head of the group 'materials and corrosion' at the DECHEMA and editor-in-chief of the world's largest corrosion data collection, the DECHEMA-Werkstoff-Tabelle (DWT), and the DECHEMA Corrosion Handbook, an English-language compendium based on the DWT.

He received his doctorate in natural sciences in 2001 from the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH Aachen). The title of his doctoral title is "The Role of Alloying Elements in Metallic Materials for Corrosion Resistance in Chloridising Atmospheres at High Temperatures in order to Prolong Component Lifetimes" (in German). In 2008, Roman Bender was appointed chief executive officer of GfKORR - The Society for Corrosion Protection.