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David Mitzi

Simon Family Distinguished Professor
Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
363 Gross Hall, Box 90300, Durham, NC 27708
Box 90300 Hudson Hall, Durham, NC 27708-0300


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.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science · 2014 - Present Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Pratt School of Engineering
Professor of Chemistry · 2022 - Present Chemistry, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

Stanford University · 1990 Ph.D.
Princeton University · 1985 B.S.