Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, 2023
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, 2022
  • B.S.E., Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2019
Professional Honors
  • Austin Hooey Graduate Research Excellence Award (2023)
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society (2019)
  • American Chemical Society Award (2019)
  • ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award (2019)
Professional Affiliations
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) – Member
  • American Chemical Society (ACS) – Member

Kyle Kersey is an Associate in the Thermal Sciences Practice at Exponent specializing in fires and thermal runaway events in electrochemical devices. Dr. Kersey has significant experience with carbon dioxide capture, mass transfer, polymer processing (electrospinning), small molecule and polymer organic synthesis, and inorganic chemistry including organometallic actinide (U and Th) complexes and Metal-Organic Frameworks.

During his Ph.D. studies in the R. F. Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University, Dr. Kersey worked at the interface of chemistry and chemical engineering to develop and characterize new materials for carbon dioxide capture, specifically aimed at Direct Air Capture applications. Dr. Kersey developed several generations of robust and scalable hydrophobic electrospun composite fibers to remediate the CO2 selectivity and water-stability challenges of existing materials. He first explored the performance of liquid-like amine-grafted silica nanoparticles encapsulated within co-continuous polymer/ceramic fiber matrices to enhance the CO2 storage capacity of the nanoparticles and facilitate mass transport of air through the non-woven fiber mat for increased energy efficiency. In subsequent projects, he optimized the fibers' CO2 adsorption and kinetic performance through use of intrinsically microporous polymers and task-specific metal-organic frameworks to enhance internal mass transport, thermal stability, and cycle performance. Dr. Kersey has experience performing scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and BET physisorption analysis to aid in characterization of these materials. Dr. Kersey also contributed to technoeconomic and life-cycle analyses of these composite fibers to better understand their potential in existing industrial scenarios.