Mitzi Awarded SunShot Initiative Funding to Improve Thin-Film Solar Cell Materials

October 23, 2014

David Mitzi, a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at Duke University, has been awarded a four-year, $1.3 million cooperative award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. The award will fund a collaborative research project with Yanfa Yan, professor of physics at the University of Toledo, on solar cells based on hybrid perovskites—a combination of organic and inorganic materials and functionalities within a specific crystalline structure. The goal is to raise the amount of energy this emerging class of thin-film solar cell materials can generate per dollar spent to produce them.