Welcome to the Brinkman Research Group!
Prof. Brinkman’s research is focused on the areas of energy materials including electronic ceramic materials for gas separation and processing in commercial (H2, O2, CH4 and CO2) and nuclear domains (hydrogen isotopes), structure/property relations in solid oxide fuel cell systems, radiation tolerant crystalline ceramics for applications in nuclear energy, and multifunctional ceramic thin film coatings.
Synthesis and Characterization of Crystalline Ceramics for Nuclear Waste Immobilization:Durable ceramic waste forms that incorporate a wide range of radionuclides have the potential to broaden the available disposal options and to lower the storage and disposal costs associated with advanced fuel cycles.
High Temperature Membrane Separations: Ceramic membranes which transport ions play an essential role in a number of energy conversion systems including solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), Li-air batteries, oxygen separation and permeation membranes for oxygen production, hydrogen purification, partial oxidation of methane and clean coal production via oxy-combustion resulting in significant reductions in CO2 emissions from coal fired power plants.
Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) : SOFCs are electrochemical conversion device with high efficiency and fuel flexibility. Dr. Brinkman’s work address a promising new class of SOFCs based on intermediate temperature proton-conducting oxides
Ceramic Films and Coatings: Thin film forms of SOFC and MIEC membrane materials facilitate the investigation of surface transport properties and are essential components of high performance energy conversion devices. In addition, multifunctional coatings serving a protective role and an active sensing role are of interest for the monitoring of structural defects and inherent changes in the physical state of materials systems.