Simon Family Distinguished Professor
David Mitzi received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Engineering Physics from Princeton University in 1985 and his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University in 1990. Prior to joining the faculty at Duke in 2014, Dr. Mitzi spent 23 years at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center, where his focus was on the search for and application of new electronic materials, including organic-inorganic perovskites and inorganic materials for photovoltaic, LED, transistor and memory applications. For his final five years at IBM, he served as manager for the Photovoltaic Science and Technology Department, where he initiated and managed a multi-company program to develop a low-cost, high-throughput approach to deposit thin-film chalcogenide-based absorber layers for high-efficiency solar cells. Dr. Mitzi’s current research interests involve making emerging photovoltaic materials more effective, cost-efficient and competitive for the energy market. He holds a number of patents, and has authored or coauthored more than 200 papers and book chapters.
Appointments and Affiliations
- Simon Family Distinguished Professor
- Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
- Professor of Chemistry
- Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
- Office Location: Box 90300 Hudson Hall, Durham, NC 27708-0300
- Office Phone: (919) 660-5356
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ph.D. Stanford University, 1990
- B.S. Princeton University, 1985
Making emerging photovoltaic materials more effective, cost-efficient and competitive for the energy market.
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions
- Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher . Clarivate Analytics. 2021
- Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher . Clarivate Analytics. 2020
- ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials. American Chemical Society. 2020
- Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher. Clarivate Analytics. 2019
- MRS Fellow. Materials Research Society. 2018
- Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher. Clarivate Analytics. 2018
- ME 494: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
- ME 516: Thin-Film Photovoltaic Technology
- ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
- ME 562: Materials Synthesis and Processing
- ME 591: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science
- ME 592: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science
- MSEG 591: Independent Study
In the News
- Chiral Ingredients Split Electron Spins in Hybrid Semiconductors (Oct 13, 2020 | Pratt School of Engineering)
- Six Duke Engineers Among Global Highly Cited (Nov 20, 2019 | Pratt School of Engineering )
- Global List of Highly Cited Puts Duke in Top Ten (Nov 19, 2019)
- Professors, Alumna Honored by American Chemical Society (Aug 27, 2019)
- Duke Faculty Plentiful On ‘Highly Cited’ List (Nov 27, 2018)
- Supercomputer Predicts Optical and Thermal Properties of Complex Hybrid Materials (Oct 8, 2018 | Pratt School of Engineering)
- Pratt Researchers Join National Effort to Unlock New Energy Technologies (Aug 23, 2018 | Pratt School of Engineering)
- Duke Engineers Join National Center on Emerging Energy Materials (Aug 21, 2018)
- Mitzi Elected to Materials Research Society Fellows (Feb 10, 2018 | Pratt School of Engineering)
- Energy Initiative Awards Seven New Seed Grants (Apr 28, 2017)
- Duke Awards Distinguished Professorships, Inducts New Bass Society Members (May 5, 2016)
- Duke Initiative Brings a Lot of Energy to Research (May 12, 2015 | Duke Research Blog)
- Mitzi Awarded SunShot Initiative Funding to Improve Thin-Film Solar Cell Materials (Oct 23, 2014 | Duke Today)
- Seyitliyev, D; Qin, X; Jana, MK; Janke, SM; Zhong, X; You, W; Mitzi, DB; Blum, V; Gundogdu, K, Coherent Phonon-Induced Modulation of Charge Transfer in 2D Hybrid Perovskites, Advanced Functional Materials, vol 33 no. 21 (2023) [10.1002/adfm.202213021] [abs].
- Kim, Y; Hempel, H; Unold, T; Mitzi, DB, Ag Alloying in Cu2−yAgyBa(Ge,Sn)Se4 Films and Photovoltaic Devices, Solar Rrl, vol 7 no. 7 (2023) [10.1002/solr.202201058] [abs].
- Almora, O; Baran, D; Bazan, GC; Cabrera, CI; Erten-Ela, S; Forberich, K; Guo, F; Hauch, J; Ho-Baillie, AWY; Jacobsson, TJ; Janssen, RAJ; Kirchartz, T; Kopidakis, N; Loi, MA; Lunt, RR; Mathew, X; McGehee, MD; Min, J; Mitzi, DB; Nazeeruddin, MK; Nelson, J; Nogueira, AF; Paetzold, UW; Rand, BP; Rau, U; Snaith, HJ; Unger, E; Vaillant-Roca, L; Yang, C; Yip, HL; Brabec, CJ, Device Performance of Emerging Photovoltaic Materials (Version 3), Advanced Energy Materials, vol 13 no. 1 (2023) [10.1002/aenm.202203313] [abs].
- Teymur, B; Kim, Y; Huang, J; Sun, K; Hao, X; Mitzi, DB, Top Stack Optimization for Cu2BaSn(S, Se)4 Photovoltaic Cell Leads to Improved Device Power Conversion Efficiency beyond 6%, Advanced Energy Materials, vol 12 no. 40 (2022) [10.1002/aenm.202201602] [abs].
- Mitzi, DB; Kim, Y, Spiers Memorial Lecture: Next generation chalcogenide-based absorbers for thin-film solar cells., Faraday Discussions, vol 239 no. 0 (2022), pp. 9-37 [10.1039/d2fd00132b] [abs].