Kyle Brinkman is the chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Clemson University in Clemson, SC. Brinkman received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering in 1998 and a Master of Science in materials science and engineering in 2000, both from Clemson. He graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland with a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering in 2004. Brinkman then served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Institute in Japan as part of a program sponsored by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science from 2005-2007. He later worked as a principal engineer in the Science and Technology Directorate of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River National Lab from 2007-2014. Brinkman joined Clemson as an associate professor in 2014.
He has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed technical publications and government reports, three patents and currently serves as an editor for the Journal of Materials Science and Co-director of Clemson’s Nuclear NEESRWM “Nuclear Environmental Engineering Sciences and Radioactive Waste Management Center. He was the recipient of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) Young Leader International Scholar Award (2015) and the TMS Brimacombe Medalist Award (2020).
Brinkman is currently the Vice Chair of the new Energy Materials and Systems division in ACERS, the past Vice Chair and secretary of the Nuclear and Environmental Technology Division (NETD). In 2015, has awarded the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers, ACerS/NICE Karl Schwartzwalder-Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering (PACE) Award.
Brinkman’s research is related to the formation, structure and behavior of ceramic composites in diverse application areas including solid oxide fuel cells and ionic membrane systems, solid-state lithium batteries, and ceramics for nuclear waste immobilization. His key scientific achievements are interdisciplinary in nature; translating concepts in one application area such as solid oxide fuel cells which “promote” ionic or electronic transport, to be used in other disciplines such as nuclear waste immobilization focused on “blocking“ transport.