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John Perkins (Fed)

Chief, Applied Chemicals and Materials Division, Material Measurement Laboratory

John is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the measurement of materials for advancing material synthesis, specifically for renewable energy technologies. John began his career at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as a post-doctoral researcher after receiving his Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University.  Most recently, John served NREL as a senior scientist in the Materials Science Center, where he was a program manager for ARPA-E research at NREL and program integrator for two NREL-led Energy Frontier Research Centers. As a practitioner and advocate of high-throughput combinatorial experimental material science, John collaborated with MML researchers to establish the NIST-led High-Throughput Experimental Materials Collaboratory, and he has presented at NIST-sponsored conferences.

John’s service to the research community includes organizing symposia and training at national and international conferences, advising graduate students from the Colorado School of Mines and University of Colorado. He has authored or co-authored 105 refereed articles, including “The 2019 materials by design roadmap” with NIST co-authors, in technical journals and delivered 39 invited presentations at national and international meetings. John has been honored with an R&D 100 Award, and a Federal Laboratory Consortium Excellence in Technology Transfer Award.


A Roadmap for LIMS at NIST Material Measurement Laboratory

Gretchen Greene, Jared Ragland, Zachary Trautt, June W. Lau, Raymond Plante, Joshua Taillon, Adam Abel Creuziger, Chandler A. Becker, Joe Bennett, Niksa Blonder, Lisa Borsuk, Carelyn E. Campbell, Adam Friss, Lucas Hale, Michael Halter, Robert Hanisch, Gary R. Hardin, Lyle E. Levine, Samantha Maragh, Sierra Miller, Chris Muzny, Marcus William Newrock, John Perkins, Anne L. Plant, Bruce D. Ravel, David J. Ross, John Henry J. Scott, Christopher Szakal, Alessandro Tona, Peter Vallone
Instrumentation generates data faster and in higher quantity than ever before, and interlaboratory research is in historic demand domestically and
Created August 29, 2019, Updated December 9, 2022