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: 363 Gross Hall, Box 90300, Durham, NC 27708
- 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
- ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials. American Chemical Society. 2020
- Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher. Clarivate Analytics. 2019
- Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher. Clarivate Analytics. 2018
- MRS Fellow. Materials Research Society. 2018
- ME 391: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
- ME 394: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
- ME 491: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
- ME 493: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
- ME 516: Thin-Film Photovoltaic Technology
- ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
- ME 591: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science
- ME 592: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science
In the News
- 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)
- Laser Evaporation Technology to Create New Solar Materials (Jan 3, 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 7, 2015 | Duke Research Blog)
- Mitzi Awarded SunShot Initiative Funding to Improve Thin-Film Solar Cell Materials (Oct 23, 2014)
- David Mitzi: Harvesting More of the Sun’s Shine (Aug 18, 2014)
- Sun, JP; McKeown Wessler, GC; Wang, T; Zhu, T; Blum, V; Mitzi, DB, Structural Tolerance Factor Approach to Defect-Resistant I2-II-IV-X4 Semiconductor Design, Chemistry of Materials, vol 32 no. 4 (2020), pp. 1636-1649 [10.1021/acs.chemmater.9b05107] [abs].
- Euvrard, J; Gunawan, O; Mitzi, DB, Impact of PbI2 Passivation and Grain Size Engineering in CH3NH3PbI3 Solar Absorbers as Revealed by Carrier-Resolved Photo-Hall Technique, Advanced Energy Materials, vol 9 no. 47 (2019) [10.1002/aenm.201902706] [abs].
- Gunawan, O; Pae, SR; Bishop, DM; Virgus, Y; Noh, JH; Jeon, NJ; Lee, YS; Shao, X; Todorov, T; Mitzi, DB; Shin, B, Carrier-resolved photo-Hall effect., Nature, vol 575 no. 7781 (2019), pp. 151-155 [10.1038/s41586-019-1632-2] [abs].
- Jana, MK; Liu, C; Lidin, S; Dirkes, DJ; You, W; Blum, V; Mitzi, DB, Resolving rotational stacking disorder and electronic level alignment in a 2d oligothiophene-based lead iodide perovskite, Chemistry of Materials, vol 31 no. 20 (2019), pp. 8523-8532 [10.1021/acs.chemmater.9b03208] [abs].
- Dunlap-Shohl, WA; Barraza, ET; Barrette, A; Dovletgeldi, S; Findik, G; Dirkes, DJ; Liu, C; Jana, MK; Blum, V; You, W; Gundogdu, K; Stiff-Roberts, AD; Mitzi, DB, Tunable internal quantum well alignment in rationally designed oligomer-based perovskite films deposited by resonant infrared matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation, Materials Horizons, vol 6 no. 8 (2019), pp. 1707-1716 [10.1039/c9mh00366e] [abs].