Assistant Professor Charlotte Vogt is on a mission to solve the problem of climate change through catalysis, the acceleration of a chemical reaction by a catalyst. Her Vogt Laboratory of Catalysis for Fuels of the Future focuses on studying catalytic processes such as plastics recycling or recycling carbon dioxide from industrial waste, with the aim of improving or inventing more sustainable systems. Drawing on her expertise in the spectroscopy of catalysis, the interaction of light with various catalysts, she will be able to study details of the catalysts that couldn’t be explored otherwise.
Prof. Vogt’s hiring coincides with the Technion’s spring 2021 launch of the Center for Sustainable Processes and Catalysis.
Prof. Vogt was born in the Netherlands and spent some time in the U.S. with her family before returning to the Netherlands for schooling. She received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Utrecht University in the Netherlands as well as a master’s in business management. Alongside her coursework, she had a clothing business and volunteered with schoolchildren in Mongolia.
Prior to joining the Technion, she was a visiting Ph.D. student and postdoctoral researcher at the Weizmann Institute of Science and also conducted postdoctoral work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Prof. Vogt has won several awards including Outstanding Female Scientist of 2019 by the Israel Vacuum Society (IVS) and Intel Israel for “outstanding early career achievements.” In 2020 she received a Niels Stensen Fellowship for “academic excellence and social commitment.” Most recently, she was included on Forbes’ “30 under 30” Europe 2021 list of brightest young entrepreneurs, leaders, and superstars.