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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
  • 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

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

Courses Taught

  • 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

Representative Publications

  • 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].