Dr. Krista S. Walton
Professor and Robert "Bud" Moeller Faculty Fellow
Phone: (404) 385-7499
Office: Bunger-Henry 421
Mailing Address: School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
311 Ferst Dr. NW
Atlanta, GA 30332-0100
Ph.D. (2005) Chemical Engineering, Vanderbilt University
B.S.E. (2000) Chemical Engineering, University of Alabama–Huntsville
Selected Awards and Honors
2016 AIChE FRI/John G. Kunesh Award for Excellence in Separations Research
2015 ACS Women Chemists Committee Rising Star Award
2015 UAH College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker
2013 International Adsorption Society Award for Excellence in Publications
by a Young Member of the Society (Inaugural Award)
2009 CAREER Award, National Science Foundation
2008 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, DoD awardee
Krista S. Walton is Professor and Robert "Bud" Moeller Faculty Fellow in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. She received her B.S.E. in chemical engineering from the University of Alabama-Huntsville in 2000 and obtained her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2005, working with Prof. M. Douglas LeVan. Prof. Walton completed an ACS PRF Postdoctoral Fellowship at Northwestern University in 2006 under the direction of Prof. Randall Snurr.
Her research program focuses on the design, synthesis, and characterization of functional porous materials for use in adsorption applications including carbon dioxide capture and air purification. She has published > 80 peer-reviewed articles and presented dozens of plenary lectures and invited seminars. Prof. Walton currently serves as an Associate Editor for the ACS Journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, and is the Director and Lead PI of Georgia Tech’s DOE Energy Frontier Research Center, UNCAGE-ME. Prof. Walton’s accomplishments have been recognized by many prestigious awards including the inaugural International Adsorption Society Award for Excellence in Publications by a Young Member of the Society (2013) and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2008).
Prof. Walton was born in Florence, AL, and grew up in nearby Elgin on her family's farm along Bluewater Creek. Aside from her love of all things adsorption-related, she is crazy about her three nieces Leighella, Haylie, and Lily, and her miniature poodles Dags and Jasper, and spends every second she can with them. In her remaining spare time, she runs half marathons very slowly and is a wannabe musician, who will sing and play her mandolin with anyone who will have her.