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


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

Research Interests

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. 2018
  • MRS Fellow. Materials Research Society. 2018

Courses Taught

  • ENRGYEGR 490: Special Topics in Energy Engineering
  • ME 391: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 394: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 592: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Zhu, LL; Huang, YE; Lin, YP; Huang, XY; Liu, HQ; Mitzi, DB; Du, KZ, Stereochemically active lead chloride enantiomers mediated by homochiral organic cation, Polyhedron (2019), pp. 445-448 [10.1016/j.poly.2018.11.026] [abs].
  • Li, T; Dunlap-Shohl, WA; Reinheimer, EW; Le Magueres, P; Mitzi, DB, Melting temperature suppression of layered hybrid lead halide perovskites: Via organic ammonium cation branching, Chem. Sci., vol 10 no. 4 (2019), pp. 1168-1175 [10.1039/c8sc03863e] [abs].
  • Khazaee, M; Sardashti, K; Chung, CC; Sun, JP; Zhou, H; Bergmann, E; Dunlap-Shohl, WA; Han, Q; Hill, IG; Jones, JL; Lupascu, DC; Mitzi, DB, Dual-source evaporation of silver bismuth iodide films for planar junction solar cells, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol 7 no. 5 (2019), pp. 2095-2105 [10.1039/c8ta08679f] [abs].
  • Dunlap-Shohl, WA; Hill, IG; Yan, Y; Mitzi, DB, Photovoltaic Effect in Indium(I) Iodide Thin Films, Chemistry of Materials, vol 30 no. 22 (2018), pp. 8226-8232 [10.1021/acs.chemmater.8b03593] [abs].
  • 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, vol 10 no. 46 (2018), pp. 39615-39623 [10.1021/acsami.8b12307] [abs].