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 200 papers and book chapters.

Appointments and Affiliations

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

Contact Information

Education

  • 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.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • MRS Fellow. Materials Research Society. 2018

Courses Taught

  • ENRGYEGR 490: Special Topics in Energy Engineering
  • ME 391: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 490: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 592: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Ghadiri, E; Shin, D; Shafiee, A; Warren, WS; Mitzi, DB, Grain-Resolved Ultrafast Photophysics in Cu2BaSnS4- xSe x Semiconductors Using Pump-Probe Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy and Microscopy., Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces (2018) [10.1021/acsami.8b12307] [abs].
  • Han, Q; Ding, J; Bai, Y; Li, T; Ma, J-Y; Chen, Y-X; Zhou, Y; Liu, J; Ge, Q-Q; Chen, J; Glass, JT; Therien, MJ; Mitzi, DB; Hu, J-S, Carrier Dynamics Engineering for High-Performance Electron-Transport-Layer-free Perovskite Photovoltaics, Chem, vol 4 no. 10 (2018), pp. 2405-2417 [10.1016/j.chempr.2018.08.004] [abs].
  • Liu, C; Huhn, W; Du, K-Z; Vazquez-Mayagoitia, A; Dirkes, D; You, W; Kanai, Y; Mitzi, DB; Blum, V, Tunable Semiconductors: Control over Carrier States and Excitations in Layered Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskites., Physical Review Letters, vol 121 no. 14 (2018) [10.1103/physrevlett.121.146401] [abs].
  • Wessler, GC; Zhu, T; Sun, JP; Harrell, A; Huhn, WP; Blum, V; Mitzi, DB, Band Gap Tailoring and Structure-Composition Relationship within the Alloyed Semiconductor Cu2BaGe1- xSnxSe4, Chemistry of Materials, vol 30 no. 18 (2018), pp. 6566-6574 [10.1021/acs.chemmater.8b03380] [abs].
  • Teymur, B; Zhou, Y; Ngaboyamahina, E; Glass, JT; Mitzi, DB, Solution-Processed Earth-Abundant Cu2BaSn(S,Se)4Solar Absorber Using a Low-Toxicity Solvent, Chemistry of Materials, vol 30 no. 17 (2018), pp. 6116-6123 [10.1021/acs.chemmater.8b02556] [abs].