Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Hornbostel, Katherine
Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Hornbostel, Katherine
Assistant Professor
Office: 207 Benedum Hall
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PhD in Mechanical Engineering, June 2016
Thesis:  Modeling of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Performance with Coal Gasification

Georgia Institute of Technology
MS in Mechanical Engineering, May 2012
Thesis: SOFC Heat Transfer and Reaction Modeling
BS in Mechanical Engineering, Dec. 2010

Carbon capture technology, fuel cells, and food-energy-water nexus.

  • Finalist in Lawrence Livermore Postdoc Research Slam Competition, Sept. 7, 2017
  • Outstanding Graduate Research Award from ME Department at MIT, May 13, 2016
  • Audience Choice Award at MIT Mechanical Engineering Research Expo, October 2015    
  • Bosch Energy Fellowship through MIT Energy Initiative, Sept. 2012 – May 2013
  • Georgia Space Grant Consortium Fellowship, Jan. 2011 – May 2012
  • Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship, June 2011 – Aug 2011
  • Georgia Tech President’s Scholarship, Aug. 2007 – Dec. 2010

  • Roy, P., Nguyen, D., Hornbostel, K., Stolaroff, J., “Printed Hydrophobic Patterns for Enhanced CO2 Absorption in Packed Towers,” Chemical Engineering Science, in press.
  • Knipe, J., Chavez, K., Hornbostel, K., Nguyen, D., Ye, Congwang, Stolaroff, J., “CO2 Capture Cycling Study with Various Micro-encapsulated Sorbents,” Journal of Environmental Science & Technology, in press.
  • Hornbostel, K., Nguyen, D., Bourcier, B., Knipe, J., Worthington, M., McCoy, S., Stolaroff, J., “Multi-scale Optimization of CO2 Capture with Micro-encapsulated Liquid Na2CO3 Sorbents,” Industrial & Chemical Engineering Research, in press.
  • Ong, K., Ghoniem, A.F., “Modeling of Indirect Carbon Fuel Cell Systems with Steam and Dry Gasification,” Journal of Power Sources, Vol. 313, pg. 51-64, 2016. doi: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2016.02.050
  • Ong, K., Ghoniem, A.F., “MIT Hybrid Gasification/SOFC to Halve Coal-Plant Emissions,” Fuel Cells Bulletin, Vol. 2016, Issue 5, pg. 14-15. doi: 10.1016/S1464-2859(16)30127-4
  • Ong, K., Lee, W.Y., Hanna, J., Ghoniem, A.F., “Isolating the Impact of CO Concentration in Syngas Mixtures on SOFC Performance via Internal Reforming and Direct Oxidation,” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol. 41, pg. 9035-9047, 2016. doi: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2016.03.107
  • Ong, K., Hanna, J., Ghoniem, A.F., “Validation of a Combined Hydrogen and Oxygen Spillover Electro-oxidation Mechanism on SOFC Ni-YSZ Anodes,” Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol. 164, pg. F32-F45, 2017.  doi: 10.1149/2.0161702jes



  • Ong, K., “Reservoir and Feeding System for Use with Breast Pumps,” full utility patent filed with the US Patent Office on August 24, 2016, licensed to LacTec in May 2017.


  • My PhD research was featured on MIT News in May 2016 and then picked up by multiple online news sources.  An article was written about my work in the June 2016 issue of ASME Magazine.
  • My breast pump innovations have been covered by the Boston Globe, CNN, Newsweek, ELLE magazine, and multiple other sources.