Alex Kinsey
Alex H. Kinsey, Ph.D.
Associate
Materials & Corrosion Engineering
Atlanta

Dr. Kinsey’s areas of expertise include material characterization, metallurgy, thin films, and powder processing. He has experience analyzing mechanical failure of brazed components, and his extensive characterization skills include microstructural analysis via optical and electron microscopy, thermal analysis including differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), high-speed videography, and emission spectroscopy.

Before joining Exponent, Dr. Kinsey was a Graduate Research Assistant at Johns Hopkins University where he developed exothermic thermite brazes used to join dissimilar sheet metal combinations for the automotive industry. He fabricated and characterized both bulk foils using powder processing techniques and thin film foils using vapor phase deposition. The project focused on eliminating metal vapors that evolve during the self-propagating reaction in order to produce a pore-free braze. Dr. Kinsey designed multiple experimental setups to analyze the velocity and gaseous species emitted by reacting foils, as well as testing configurations to join various material combinations. In addition to his research, while at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Kinsey developed and taught a freshman seminar on the fabrication and use of different reactive material systems.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2017
  • M.S.E., Materials Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2013
  • B.A., Carleton College, 2011

Publications

Kinsey AH, Slusarski K, Krumheurer E, Weihs TP. Enhanced Reaction Velocity and Diluent Homogenization in Redox Foils Using Arrested Reactive Milling Thermite Powder. Journal of Materials Science 2017; 52(8): 11077-11090.

Kinsey, AH, Slusarski K, Sosa S, Weihs TP. Gas Suppression via Cu Interlayers in Magnetron Sputtered Al:Cu2O Multilayers. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 2017; 9 (26): 22026-22036.

Kinsey, AH, Slusarski K, Woll K, Gibbins D, Weihs TP. Effect of Dilution on Reaction Properties and Bonds Formed Using Mechanically Processed Dilute Thermite Foils. Journal of Materials Science 2016; 51 (12): 5738–5749.

Woll K, Gibbins JD, Slusarski K, Kinsey AH, Weihs TP. The Utilization of Metal/Metal Oxide Core-Shell Powders to Enhance the Reactivity of Diluted Thermite Mixtures. Combustion and Flame 2016; 167: 259–267.

Zhao L, Ha S, Sharp KW, Geltmacher AB, Fonda RW, Kinsey AH, Zhang Y, Ryan SM, Erdeniz D, Dunand DC, Hemker KJ, Guest JK, Weihs TP. Permeability Measurements and Modeling of Topology-Optimized Metallic 3-D Woven Lattices. Acta Materialia 2014; 81: 326–336.

Oral Presentations

Kinsey AH, Slusarski K, Weihs TP. Gas Suppression via Cu Interlayers in Magnetron Sputtered Al:Cu2O Multilayers. E-MRS Spring Meeting, Strasbourg, France, 2017.

Kinsey, AH, Slusarski KA, Woll K, Weihs TP. Exothermic Brazing with Mechanically Processed Diluted Thermite Foils for Joining Dissimilar Metals. AIAA Young Professional Student and Education Conference, Laurel, MD, 2015.

Kinsey, AH, Slusarski KA, Gibbins J, Woll K, Weihs TP. Brazing with Mechanically Processed Diluted Thermite Foils for Joining Dissimilar Metals. MS&T 2015, Columbus, OH, 2015

Kinsey, AH, Ku A, Slusarski KA, Gibbins JD, Woll K, Weihs TP. Mechanically Processed Thermite Foils for Bonding Metals” MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, 2014.

Poster Presentations

Kinsey, AH, Slusarski KA, Woll K, Weihs TP. Enhancing Reactivity of Fully Dense, Diluted Al:Cu2O:Cu Thermite Foils. Gordon Research Conference: Energetic Materials, Stowe, VT, 2016. 

Kinsey, AH, Gibbins JD, Slusarski KA, Ku A, Woll K, Weihs TP. Optimizing Mechanically Processed Thermite Foils for Bonding Dissimilar Metals. Gordon Research Conference: Energetic Materials, Newry, ME, 2014.

Colwell B, Kinsey AH, Schlotter S, Eblen-Zayas M. “Characterization of EuO1-x thin films grown by oxidation of metallic Eu.” APS March Meeting. Dallas, TX, 2011.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2017
  • M.S.E., Materials Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2013
  • B.A., Carleton College, 2011