David Mitzi

Mitzi

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
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Contact Information

Education

  • 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. 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

Courses Taught

  • ME 394: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
  • ME 493: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
  • 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

Representative Publications

  • Mitzi, DB; Kim, Y, Spiers Memorial Lecture: Next generation chalcogenide-based absorbers for thin-film solar cells., Faraday Discussions (2022) [10.1039/d2fd00132b] [abs].
  • Xie, Y; Song, R; Singh, A; Jana, MK; Blum, V; Mitzi, DB, Kinetically Controlled Structural Transitions in Layered Halide-Based Perovskites: An Approach to Modulate Spin Splitting., Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol 144 no. 33 (2022), pp. 15223-15235 [10.1021/jacs.2c05574] [abs].
  • Jana, MK; Xie, Y; Mitzi, DB, Impact of Structural Distortions on the Optoelectronic and Spin-Related Properties of Two-Dimensional Hybrid Perovskites, vol 18 (2022), pp. 1-61 [10.1142/9789811242014_0001] [abs].
  • McKeown Wessler, GC; Wang, T; Blum, V; Mitzi, DB, Cubic Crystal Structure Formation and Optical Properties within the Ag-BII-MIV-X (BII = Sr, Pb; MIV = Si, Ge, Sn; X = S, Se) Family of Semiconductors., Inorganic Chemistry, vol 61 no. 6 (2022), pp. 2929-2944 [10.1021/acs.inorgchem.1c03805] [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 (2022) [10.1002/aenm.202201602] [abs].