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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, vol 239 no. 0 (2022), pp. 9-37 [10.1039/d2fd00132b] [abs].
  • Andreasen, JW; Arca, E; Bowers, JW; Bär, M; Breternitz, J; Dale, PJ; Dimitrievska, M; Fermin, DJ; Ganose, A; Hages, CJ; Hobson, T; Jaramillo, R; Kavanagh, SR; Kayastha, P; Kondrotas, R; Lee, J; Major, JD; Mandati, S; Mitzi, DB; Scanlon, DO; Schorr, S; Scragg, JJS; Shin, B; Siebentritt, S; Smiles, M; Sood, M; Sopiha, KV; Spalatu, N; Sutton, M; Unold, T; Valdes, M; Walsh, A; Wang, M; Wang, X; Weiss, TP; Woo, YW; Woods-Robinson, R; Tiwari, D, Novel chalcogenides, pnictides and defect-tolerant semiconductors: general discussion., Faraday Discussions, vol 239 no. 0 (2022), pp. 287-316 [10.1039/d2fd90057b] [abs].
  • Andreasen, JW; Breternitz, J; Bär, M; Dale, PJ; Dimitrievska, M; Fermin, DJ; Fleck, N; Hages, CJ; Havryliuk, Y; Hawkins, C; Jaramillo, R; Kavanagh, SR; Kayastha, P; Kondrotas, R; Lapalikar, V; Mandati, S; Mitzi, DB; Platzer Björkman, C; Savory, C; Scragg, JJS; Shin, B; Siebentritt, S; Sood, M; Tiwari, D; Valdes, M; Walsh, A; Weiss, TP; Woo, YW; Woods-Robinson, R; Yetkin, HA, Bulk and surface characterisation techniques of solar absorbers: general discussion., Faraday Discussions, vol 239 no. 0 (2022), pp. 180-201 [10.1039/d2fd90056d] [abs].
  • Andreasen, JW; Bowers, JW; Breternitz, J; Dale, PJ; Dimitrievska, M; Fermin, DJ; Ganose, A; Gurieva, G; Hages, CJ; Hawkins, C; Hobson, TDC; Jaramillo, R; Kavanagh, SR; Major, JD; Mandati, S; Mitzi, DB; Naylor, MC; Platzer Björkman, C; Scanlon, DO; Schorr, S; Scragg, JJS; Shin, B; Siebentritt, S; Sood, M; Sopiha, KV; Sutton, M; Tiwari, D; Unold, T; Valdes, M; Wang, M; Weiss, TP; Woods-Robinson, R, Indium-free CIGS analogues: general discussion., Faraday Discussions, vol 239 no. 0 (2022), pp. 85-111 [10.1039/d2fd90055f] [abs].
  • Teymur, B; Choubrac, L; Hempel, H; Gunawan, O; Unold, T; Mitzi, DB, Influence of Copper Composition on Cu2BaSn(S,Se)4Solution-Deposited Films and Photovoltaic Devices with over 5% Efficiency, Acs Applied Energy Materials, vol 5 no. 9 (2022), pp. 10645-10656 [10.1021/acsaem.2c01364] [abs].