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Sarah Hörst

  • Assistant Professor Earth and Planetary Sciences


  • Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Sarah Hörst's primary research interest is atmospheric chemistry: working to understand the formation and composition of planetary atmospheric hazes.

She is particularly interested in the complex organic chemistry occurring in the atmosphere of Titan, Saturn's moon. Titan is the only planetary satellite with a substantial atmosphere and its atmosphere is both strongly reducing and contains significant quantities of carbon (CH4), nitrogen (N2) and oxygen (CO). This makes it the only planetary-scale laboratory to study the synthesis of complex organic molecules.

Hörst is also interested in complex organics elsewhere in the solar system, whether they are produced in an atmosphere or on a surface. She has completed atmospheric research on Titan, Europa (Jupiter's moon), exoplanets, the early atmosphere of Earth, and Saturn.

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Alexis Battle and Sarah Hörst receive President's Frontier Awards
Published Jan 26, 2022
In a surprise move this year, the university recognizes two faculty members with the full award; each will receive $250,000 to support their groundbreaking research

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