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Kyle S. Brinkman

Kyle S. Brinkman

Professor and Chair

Phone: (864) 656-1405
Office: 206 Olin Hall


Dr. Brinkman is a professor and chair of Materials Science & Engineering.  Professor Brinkman’s research has been in the areas energy materials including hydrogen storage and purification, electronic ceramic materials for gas separation in commercial (H2, O2, and CO2) and nuclear domains (hydrogen isotopes), structure/property relations in solid oxide fuel cell systems, high temperature inorganic separation membranes, and radiation tolerant crystalline ceramics for applications in nuclear energy. Prof. Brinkman joined Clemson the Department of Energy (DOE) Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) where he was a Principal Engineer in the Science and Technology Directorate. Prior to working at SRNL, he was a postdoctoral fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science working in a Japanese “National Laboratory” the National Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Tsukuba, Japan. Dr. Brinkman has been the co-P.I. or P.I. on over $5 Million in sponsored research- primarily from the Department of Energy, and has authored or co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed technical publications and government reports. He is currently the Clemson P.I. for the DOE-BES Energy Frontier Research Center “HeteroFoam” Prof. Brinkman was the Recipient of the DOE-NE Fuel Cycle Research and Development (FCR&D) Early Career Researcher Award in 2013, the SRNL Laboratory Director’s Early Career Exceptional Achievement Award in 2011 and the TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award 2010. Prof. Brinkman is a Graduate Faculty and Adjunct Professor at the University of South Carolina in the Mechanical Engineering Department’s Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Program and serves as the Materials Advantage (MA) faculty advisor for Clemson’s undergraduate students in Materials Science and Engineering.


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

Research Areas

Fuel Cells
Energy Materials
Interfacial Engineering
Crystalline Materials for Nuclear Waste Immobilization

Recent Awards

Recipient Department of Energy-Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) Fuel Cycle Research and Development (FCR&D) Early Career Researcher Award 2013

SRNL Laboratory Director’s Early Career Exceptional Achievement Award 2011

The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), Electronic Magnetic and Photonic Materials Division (EMPMD) Young Leader Professional Development Award 2010

Charmey Prize: European prize offered every 2 years for the best doctoral thesis conducted at a Swiss University in the field of Surface Science 2007

Selected Publications

Harris, W. M., Brinkman, K. S., Ye, L., Su, D., Cocco, A. P., Nakajo, A., DeGostin, M. B., Chen-Wiegart, Y. K., Wang, J., Chen, F., Chu, Y. S., & Chiu, W. K. S. (2014). Characterization of 3D interconnected microstructural network in mixed ionic and electronic conducting ceramic composites. Nanoscale, 6, 4480.

Zhang, L., Gong, Y., Brinkman, K., Wei, T., Wang, S., & Huang, K. (2014). Flux of silver-carbonate membranes for post-combustion CO2 capture: the effects of membrane thickness, gas concentration and time. Journal of Membrane Science, 455, 162-167.

Zhang, L., Liu, F., Brinkman, K., Reifsnider, K., & Virkar, A. (2014). Investigation of Gadolinia-Doped Ceria (GDC) electrolyte by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Journal of Power Sources, 247, 947-960.

Fang, S., Brinkman, K., & Chen, F. (2014). Unprecedented CO2-promoted hydrogen permeation in Ni-BaZr0.1Ce0.7Y0.1Yb0.1O3 membrane. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 6(1), 725-730.

Fang, S., Wang, S., Brinkman, K., & Chen, F. (2014). Sinteractive Ni-BaZr0.8Y0.2O3-δ composite membrane for hydrogen separation. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2, 5825-5833.