My Story

My research over the last decade has focused on studying next generation solar cell technologies (outside of a stint at a nanotechnology startup). Before coming to Warren Wilson, I was a researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). This is the only federal laboratory solely dedicated to alternative energy research. I am a Research Associate at NREL and travel frequently to NREL for collaborative projects, sometimes bringing along students. As I went to a small liberal arts college, however, coming to Wilson feels like coming home.

David Coffey teaching
David Coffey with students
Birds eye view of campus


  • B.S. in Physics and Math, University of the South
  • Ph.D. in Physics, University of Washington

Research Interests

  • Using atomic force microscopy to study solar cells.
  • Photovoltaics (solar cells, organic solar cells, perovskite solar cells)

Courses Taught

  • PHY 2510: Physics I
  • PHY 1180: Contemporary Astronomy
  • CHM 3320: Quantum Chemistry
  • SCI 1900: Science of Food and Cooking

Crews and Other Activities

  • Member of APS and AAPT

Contact Dr. Coffey

(828) 771-3702
Spidel 206
WWC CPO 6082
Asheville, NC 28815-9000
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