Faculty Directory
David Barton

Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering


2220 Campus Drive
Cook 4039
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

Email David Barton


Materials Science and Engineering


PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

BChE, Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

Research Interests

Energy-efficient, modular, and fast computing and communications technologies are vital to our increasingly computing power-hungry future. Integrated photonics provides a route to more efficient computing and communications. Our group is interested in pushing the frontiers of integrated optical devices by developing new material platforms and devices that utilize scalable semiconductor nanofabrication techniques to solve challenges in energy efficient computing, communications, and nonlinear optics. Our group is device-focused, but with research that spans basic understanding of optical, electronic, and electro-optic material properties, thin-film growth, and device nanofabrication and characterization.

Significant Recognition

  • Intelligence Community Postdoctoral fellowship (2020-2022)
  • MRS graduate student award – Silver award (2019)
  • Stanford Graduate Fellowship

Selected Publications

MJ Yu, D. Barton, et al. “Integrated femtosecond pulse generator on thin-film lithium niobate”, Nature (2022)

M. Lawrence*, D. Barton*, J. Dixon, JH Song, J van de Groep, M. Brongersma, J. Dionne, “High quality factor phase gradient metasurfaces”, Nature Nanotechnology (2020)