David Mitzi

David Mitzi

Simon Family 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 hybrids 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 190 papers and book chapters.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Simon Family Professor
  • Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Professor in the Department of Chemistry
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. Stanford University, 1990
  • B.S. Princeton University, 1985

Research Interests

Dr. Mitzi's current research interests involve making emerging photovoltaic materials more effective, cost-efficient and competitive for the energy market.

Courses Taught

  • ME 490: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Ke, W; Xiao, C; Wang, C; Saparov, B; Duan, HS; Zhao, D; Xiao, Z; Schulz, P; Harvey, SP; Liao, W; Meng, W; Yu, Y; Cimaroli, AJ; Jiang, CS; Zhu, K; Al-Jassim, M; Fang, G; Mitzi, DB; Yan, Y, Employing Lead Thiocyanate Additive to Reduce the Hysteresis and Boost the Fill Factor of Planar Perovskite Solar Cells., Advanced Materials, vol 28 no. 26 (2016), pp. 5214-5221 [abs].
  • Saparov, B; Mitzi, DB, Organic-Inorganic Perovskites: Structural Versatility for Functional Materials Design., Chemical Reviews, vol 116 no. 7 (2016), pp. 4558-4596 [abs].
  • Xiao, Z; Meng, W; Saparov, B; Duan, HS; Wang, C; Feng, C; Liao, W; Ke, W; Zhao, D; Wang, J; Mitzi, DB; Yan, Y, Photovoltaic Properties of Two-Dimensional (CH3NH3)2Pb(SCN)2I2 Perovskite: A Combined Experimental and Density Functional Theory Study., Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, vol 7 no. 7 (2016), pp. 1213-1218 [abs].
  • Berry, J; Buonassisi, T; Egger, DA; Hodes, G; Kronik, L; Loo, YL; Lubomirsky, I; Marder, SR; Mastai, Y; Miller, JS; Mitzi, DB; Paz, Y; Rappe, AM; Riess, I; Rybtchinski, B; Stafsudd, O; Stevanovic, V; Toney, MF; Zitoun, D; Kahn, A; Ginley, D; Cahen, D, Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskites (HOIPs): Opportunities and Challenges., Advanced Materials, vol 27 no. 35 (2015), pp. 5102-5112 [10.1002/adma.201502294] [abs].
  • Saparov, B; Hong, F; Sun, J-P; Duan, H-S; Meng, W; Cameron, S; Hill, IG; Yan, Y; Mitzi, DB, Thin-Film Preparation and Characterization of Cs 3 Sb 2 I 9 : A Lead-Free Layered Perovskite Semiconductor, Chemistry of Materials, vol 27 no. 16 (2015), pp. 5622-5632 [10.1021/acs.chemmater.5b01989] [abs].