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ME professor receives award for work in carbon capture


Katherine Hornbostel, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering, has been recognized with the Carbon Capture Future Star Award.

Awarded by the Carbon Capture Science and Technology journal, the Carbon Capture Future Star award recognizes young investigators who have a strong track record in carbon capture research. Carbon capture, the process of catching carbon dioxide before it enters the atmosphere, could be key to tackling climate change. Winners received £500, a medal and a certificate.

"It's such an honor to be selected for the Carbon Capture Future Star Award,” Hornbostel said. “Carbon capture is such a vital, growing research field, and it's a privilege to be recognized for my contributions in this area."

Dr. Katherine Hornbostel

Hornbostel’s current research is based on membrane modeling for carbon capture, sorbent modeling for direct air capture, and developing novel membranes for direct ocean capture.

She received her BS and MS in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She went on to receive her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Read about her most recent work at the University of Pittsburgh here.