Personal Profile

Panagiotis "Panos" Datskos provides scientific direction for wind manufacturing and renewable energy resilience research activities. Datskos came to NREL from another national laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where he was a distinguished scientist and distinguished inventor. In 2018 he was named a fellow of the international society for optics and photonics. His record of research achievement includes 230 publications, 20 issued U.S. patents, two pending patent applications, and R&D programs covering a broad range of science and technologies in nanomanufacturing, nanomaterials, micromechanical systems, and microsensors. In addition to earning seven coveted R&D 100 Awards, he received a 2000 Discover Award for Technological Innovation in 2000, the same year the University of Tennessee-Battelle named him Inventor of the Year for his work developing a small, inexpensive device for detecting land mines. 

Research Interests


Printable devices

Novel materials

Nanostructured surfaces

Micromechanical and nanomechanical devices

Professional Experience

2018–present     Senior research advisor, NREL

2012–2018        Distinguished scientist, ORNL

2012–2018        Group leader, Nanosystems, Separations and Materials Research Group, ORNL

2010–2018        Professor, Bredesen Center, University of Tennessee

2007–2012        Group leader, Nanosystems and Structures Group, ORNL

2004–2011        Senior scientist, ORNL

2006–2010        Research professor, University of Tennessee

1999–2006        Research associate professor, University of Tennessee

1997–2004        Research scientist, ORNL

1994–1999        Research assistant professor, University of Tennessee

1989–1994        Postdoctoral research associate, University of Tennessee

Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Physics, University of Ioannina

PhD, Physics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


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