Monday, July 8, 2013

Dr. Kyle Brinkman is Added to July Science Cafe!

Join us at Science Cafe
EngenuitySC's popular networking event and lecture series continues this July, expanding our expertise to another field of scientific research.  Last week, we filled you in on the awesome happenings with Dr. Kenneth Reifsnider, and now we would like to introduce July's co-speaker, Dr. Kyle Brinkman! Read all about Dr. Brinkman below. 

Join us for the tenth installment of our Year of the Smartstate series where Dr. Reifsnider and Dr. Brinkman will talk Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and how their center has led the global fuel cell innovation industry from the heart of the Palmetto State. 

Come grab a drink in one of our smart-looking Science Cafe pint glasses, and mix and mingle with fellow science-oriented Columbians. Get excited, get your questions, and join us!

When and Where
Dr. Kenneth Reifsnider
Smartstate Endowed Chair in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
University of South Carolina
Dr. Kyle Brinkman
Principal Engineer & Program Manager for SRNL’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

Tuesday, July 9th

711 Saluda Ave. Columbia, SC 29205

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Dr. Kyle Brinkman, Principal Engineer & Program Manager for SRNL’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) 

Dr. Kyle Brinkman is currently a principal engineer and serves as Program Manager for SRNL’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) activities in the Science and Technology Directorate of the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL).   He is also an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina (USC) in the department of Mechanical Engineering’s Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Center of Excellence directed by Prof. Ken Reifsnider (NAE). He has 14 years of experience in the field of advanced materials for energy applications in an international setting participating in US Department of Energy, European Union and Japanese government sponsored research projects. 

Prior to working at SRNL, Dr. Brinkman 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 in Tsukuba, Japan as part of the Research Center for Hydrogen Industrial Use and Storage “Hydrogenius”. Dr. Brinkman received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Lausanne in Switzerland (EPFL).  He obtained an M.S. in Ceramic and Materials Engineering and a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University.  

Dr. Brinkman has been the P.I. on over $4.5 Million in sponsored research, has published over 60 publications, delivered over 60 presentations in the field of advanced materials and was the recipient of the Charmey Prize (2007) given to the best doctoral thesis performed at a Swiss University, the TMS Young Leader Award 2010, the “Young Scientist Award for New Material Concepts for Next Generation Membranes” from the Nanotechnology Division of the 2010 Pacifichem Meeting, and the 2011 SRNL Early Career Award. His recent work and focus at SRNL has been in the areas of hydrogen storage and purification, electronic ceramic materials for gas separation in commercial (H2, and CO2) and nuclear domains (hydrogen isotopes), structure/property relations in solid oxide fuel cell systems, mixed ionic and electronic conductive ceramics for energy conversion, and crystalline waste form development as a transformational waste management solution for a closed nuclear fuel. Read more of Dr. Brinkman's bio here 

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