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Kyle S. Brinkman

Kyle S. Brinkman

Professor and Department Chair

Phone: (864) 656-1405
Office: 161 Sirrine Hall


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.

His research focus is in the area of energy materials including ionic conductors for solid oxide fuel cells and solid-state batteries, nuclear materials and experimental thermodynamics of materials. 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 by Springer Nature Publishing and Co-director of Clemson’s Nuclear NEESRWM “Nuclear Environmental Engineering Sciences and Radioactive Waste Management Center and a National Energy Technology Lab (DOE-NETL) ORISE Faculty Fellow. 


Ph.D., Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (2004)
M.S., Clemson University (2000)
B.S., Clemson University (1998)

Research Areas

Fuel Cells
Solid State Batteries
Nuclear Materials
Experimental Thermodynamics

Recent Awards

Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACERS), 2020

Brimacombe Medalist Award, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) Society, 2020

Murray Stokely Prize for Excellence in Teaching, 2018

American Ceramic Society and National Institute of Ceramic Engineers, (ACerS/NICE)  (Top Ceramic Engineer in Country 40 or under) Karl Schwartzwalder-Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering (PACE) Award, 2015

Young Leader International Scholar The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), 201

Selected Publications

M. Zhao, J. Amoroso, K.M. Fenker, D.P. DiPrete, S. Misture, S. Utlak, T. Besmann, K. Brinkman “The effect of cesium content on the thermodynamic stability and chemical durability of (Ba,Cs)1.33(Al,Ti)8O16hollandite ”Journal of the American Ceramic Society 2020, 103:7310–7321.

C. Li, A Ishii, L Roy, D Hitchcock, Y Meng, K Brinkman “Solid-state reactive sintering of dense and highly conductive Ta-doped Li 7 La 3 Z 2 O 12 using CuO as a sintering aid” Journal of Materials Science 2020, 55 (35), 16470-16481.

 Y.  Meng, J Gao, Z Zhao, J Amoroso, J Tong, K.S. Brinkman, “recent progress in low-temperature proton-conducting ceramics” Journal of Materials Science 2019, 54 (13), 9291-9312.

R.  Grote, T Hong, L Shuller-Nickles, J Amoroso, M Tang, KS Brinkman “Radiation tolerant ceramics for nuclear waste immobilization: Structure and stability of cesium containing hollandite of the form (Ba, Cs) 1.33 (Zn, Ti) 8O16” Journal of Nuclear Materials 2019, 518, 166-176

 Y. Lin, S. Fang, D. Su, K. Brinkman* and F. Chen*, “Enhancing grain boundary ionic conductivity in mixed ionic electronic conductors” Nature Communications, 2015, 6, 6824. * Corresponding Authors