Professor Joseph Casamento’s research background and interests are in semiconducting materials and dielectrics, heterostructure design, thin film synthesis, and device fabrication. Specifically, he focuses on nitride semiconductors and related materials, widely used in light-emitting diodes and lasers, RF transistor amplifiers, and acoustic devices.
In his work, Professor Casamento aims to improve the performance and functionality of these devices with novel synthesis approaches, using new materials with emerging phenomena, understanding detailed structure-property relationships, and device simulation. Examples of emerging phenomena in this class of materials include ferroelectricity and superconductivity.
The applications of Professor Casamento’s research include heterogeneous integration, or the integration of separately manufactured components; high-speed and high-power devices; merging memory and logic functionalities; smart systems and devices; and neuromorphic computing.
Professor Casamento received a BS in materials science and engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an MS and PhD in the discipline from Cornell University. Before coming to MIT, he was a postdoctoral scholar at Pennsylvania State University, as part of the Center for 3D Ferroelectric Microelectronics, a Department of Energy Frontier Research Center.