Daniel Steppich studied physics and obtained his PhD at the University of Augsburg, Germany in 2009. During his PhD within the international doctorate program “Material Science of Complex Interfaces” (CompInt) of the “Elite Network of Bavaria” in the area of biophysics he spent several months as visiting scientist at University of Linz (Austria) and at Yale University (New Haven, USA). After his PhD Daniel Steppich took over a postdoc position at the Anwenderzentrum Material und Umweltforschung (AMU). Herein he was focusing on the area of non-oxidic high performance ceramics in close contact with the Carbon Composites e.V. industry association. Among various other tasks within this industry association he was heading the working group “Roadmap” consisting of various experts from industry and research facilities and in this respect he was responsible for the elaboration of a long term product roadmap for ceramic matrix composites. In 2011 he joined SGL GROUP – The Carbon Company in its central R&D division as project manager in the field of graphite and carbon electrodes. In 2012 Daniel Steppich became responsible for the development of the InduCarb based recycling activities within SGL including the RecoPhos process
Sergei Levchik is R&D Director for ICL-IP, America (Israel Chemical Ltd.) one of the major producer of flame retardants. From 1992 to 1996 Sergei held postdoctoral positions at University of Torino and at Polytechnic of New York. Sergei was a Senior Scientist and Group Leader at Belarussian University prior he moved to the USA in 1997. Since 1987, he has been involved in the projects on flame retardancy of polymers. He published 3 books, more than 100 technical papers and 30 reviews and book chapters.