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Panos Datskos

Senior Research Operations Director

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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.

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

Research Interests


Printable devices

Novel materials

Nanostructured surfaces

Micromechanical and nanomechanical devices


Ph.D., Physics, University of Tennessee Knoxville

B.S., Physics, University of Ioannina (Greece)

Featured Work

Transparent superhydrophobic surfaces using a spray coating processSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells (2018)

Evaluation of Porous Silicon Oxide on Silicon Microcantilevers for Sensitive Detection of Gaseous HF, Analytical Chemistry, (2017)

Synthesis of half-sphere/half-funnel shaped silica structures by reagent localization and the role of water in shape control, Chemistry–A European Journal, (2016)

Synthesis of Hexagonal Boron Nitride Monolayer: Control of Nucleation and Crystal Morphology, Chemistry of Materials, (2015)

Strong and Electrically Conductive Graphene-Based Composite Fibers and Laminates, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, (2015)