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 190 papers and book chapters.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Simon Family Professor
  • Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Professor in the Department of Chemistry
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Contact Information:


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

Courses Taught:

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

In the News:

Representative Publications:

  • Du, K-Z; Wang, X; Han, Q; Yan, Y; Mitzi, DB, Heterovalent B-Site Co-Alloying Approach for Halide Perovskite Bandgap Engineering, ACS Energy Letters, vol 2 no. 10 (2017), pp. 2486-2490 [10.1021/acsenergylett.7b00824] [abs].
  • Zhu, T; Huhn, WP; Wessler, GC; Shin, D; Saparov, B; Mitzi, DB; Blum, V, I 2 –II–IV–VI 4 (I = Cu, Ag; II = Sr, Ba; IV = Ge, Sn; VI = S, Se): Chalcogenides for Thin-Film Photovoltaics, Chemistry of Materials, vol 29 no. 18 (2017), pp. 7868-7879 [10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b02638] [abs].
  • Xiao, Z; Du, K-Z; Meng, W; Mitzi, DB; Yan, Y, Chemical Origin of the Stability Difference between Copper(I)- and Silver(I)-Based Halide Double Perovskites., Angewandte Chemie International Edition, vol 56 no. 40 (2017), pp. 12107-12111 [10.1002/anie.201705113] [abs].
  • Li, T; Dunlap-Shohl, WA; Han, Q; Mitzi, DB, Melt Processing of Hybrid Organic–Inorganic Lead Iodide Layered Perovskites, Chemistry of Materials, vol 29 no. 15 (2017), pp. 6200-6204 [10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b02363] [abs].
  • Du, K-Z; Tu, Q; Zhang, X; Han, Q; Liu, J; Zauscher, S; Mitzi, DB, Two-Dimensional Lead(II) Halide-Based Hybrid Perovskites Templated by Acene Alkylamines: Crystal Structures, Optical Properties, and Piezoelectricity., Inorganic Chemistry, vol 56 no. 15 (2017), pp. 9291-9302 [10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b01094] [abs].