Kyle Brinkman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Lausanne in Switzerland (EPFL), obtained an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering and a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University. He recently joined Clemson in 2014 from the DOE’s Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL), where he was a Principal Engineer in the Science and Technology Directorate from 2011-2013, a Senior Engineer in the Materials Science and Technology Directorate from 2008-2011 and a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Energy Security Directorate from 2007-2008. Prior to working at SRNL, Kyle was a fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science working in a Japanese “National Laboratory” the National Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (AIST) in Tsukuba, Japan from 2005-2007.
Kyle has authored or co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed technical publications and government reports. He was the recipient of the TMS Young Leaders International Scholar Award in 2015, the Clemson University College of Engineering and Science Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2015, the DOE-NE Fuel Cycle Research and Development Early Career Researcher Award in 2013, and the SRNL Laboratory Director’s Early Career Exceptional Achievement Award in 2011. Kyle serves as the Material Advantage (MA) and Keramos faculty advisor for Clemson’s undergraduate students in Materials Science and Engineering. Kyle is a member of the Basic Science Division and the Nuclear and Environmental Technology Division.
Kyle’s current research is in the area of energy materials including ceramic materials for electrochemical gas separation and processing, structure/property relations in solid oxide fuel cell systems, and radiation tolerant crystalline ceramics for applications in nuclear energy.