Aaron D. Franklin

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Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Aaron Franklin received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 2008 and then spent six years on the research staff at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY.  He is most widely known for his work on low-dimensional nanoelectronics with specific emphasis on carbon nanotube (CNT) transistors, including device scaling, transport studies, and advanced integration approaches.  While at IBM, Dr. Franklin was involved in many other projects with applications including photovoltaics, thin-film transistors, and supercapacitors.  Dr. Franklin joined the Duke faculty in 2014.

Research in the Franklin group is focused on improving the performance and functionality of nanomaterial-enabled electronic devices.  This includes high-performance devices from low-dimensional materials such as 2D crystals, carbon nanotubes, and nanowires.  Also included is the low-cost realm of printed electronics, which benefits from the incorporation of nanomaterials to enhance electrical transport over large printed features, among other application advantages.  The primary drive of the group's research is to improve performance for all electronic devices, including those with more custom form factors (flexibility, transparency, biocompatibility, etc.).

Appointments and Affiliations
  • Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Contact Information:
  • Office Phone: (919) 681-9471
  • Email Address: aaron.franklin@duke.edu
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  • Ph.D. Purdue University, 2008
  • B.S.E. Arizona State University, 2004

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:

    Courses Taught:
    • CHEM 548: Solid-State and Materials Chemistry
    • ECE 230L: Introduction to Microelectronic Devices and Circuits
    • ECE 590: Advanced Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Representative Publications: (More Publications)
      • Franklin, AD, DEVICE TECHNOLOGY. Nanomaterials in transistors: From high-performance to thin-film applications., Science, vol 349 no. 6249 (2015) [10.1126/science.aab2750] [abs].
      • Franklin, AD, Carbon Nanotube Electronics (2015), pp. 315-335 [10.1002/9781118958254.ch16] [abs].
      • Franklin, AD; Farmer, DB; Haensch, W, Defining and overcoming the contact resistance challenge in scaled carbon nanotube transistors., ACS Nano, vol 8 no. 7 (2014), pp. 7333-7339 [10.1021/nn5024363] [abs].
      • Shahrjerdi, D; Franklin, AD; Oida, S; Ott, JA; Tulevski, GS; Haensch, W, High-Performance Air-Stable n-Type Carbon Nanotube Transistors with Erbium Contacts, ACS Nano, vol 7 no. 9 (2013), pp. 8303-8308 [10.1021/nn403935v] [abs].
      • Franklin, AD, Electronics: The road to carbon nanotube transistors, Nature, vol 498 no. 7455 (2013), pp. 443-444 [10.1038/498443a] [abs].