Aaron D. Franklin

Aaron D. Franklin

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.).  There are a growing variety of new electronics applications that nanomaterials are uniquely capable of enabling and the Franklin group works to make such applications possible.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Contact Information

  • Office Location: CIEMAS 3473, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 681-9471
  • Email Address: aaron.franklin@duke.edu
  • Websites:

Education

  • Ph.D. Purdue University, 2008
  • B.S.E. Arizona State University, 2004

Research Interests

Improving the performance and functionality of nanomaterial-enabled electronic devices. From 1D carbon nanotubes to 2D semiconducting crystals, applications include: high-performance transistors, printed sensors for IoT, biocompatible or biofunctional electronics, and low-cost printed electronics. There is a growing variety of new electronics applications (flexible, transparent, biocompatible, etc.) that nanomaterials are uniquely capable of enabling and the Franklin group works to make such applications possible.

Courses Taught

  • CHEM 548: Solid-State and Materials Chemistry
  • ECE 230L: Introduction to Microelectronic Devices and Circuits
  • ECE 493: Undergraduate Research in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 511: Foundations of Nanoscale Science and Technology
  • ECE 590: Advanced Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 899: Special Readings in Electrical Engineering
  • NANOSCI 511: Foundations of Nanoscale Science and Technology

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Najmaei, S; Lei, S; Burke, RA; Nichols, BM; George, A; Ajayan, PM; Franklin, AD; Lou, J; Dubey, M, Enabling Ultrasensitive Photo-detection Through Control of Interface Properties in Molybdenum Disulfide Atomic Layers., Scientific Reports, vol 6 (2016) [10.1038/srep39465] [abs].
  • Cheng, Z; Cardenas, JA; McGuire, F; Najmaei, S; Franklin, AD, Modifying the Ni-MoS 2 Contact Interface Using a Broad-Beam Ion Source, IEEE Electron Device Letters, vol 37 no. 9 (2016), pp. 1234-1237 [10.1109/LED.2016.2591552] [abs].
  • McGuire, FA; Cheng, Z; Price, K; Franklin, AD, Sub-60 mV/decade switching in 2D negative capacitance field-effect transistors with integrated ferroelectric polymer, Applied Physics Letters, vol 109 no. 9 (2016), pp. 093101-093101 [10.1063/1.4961108] [abs].
  • Cheng, Z; Cardenas, JA; McGuire, F; Franklin, AD, Using Ar Ion beam exposure to improve contact resistance in MoS2 FETs, Device Research Conference (DRC), vol 2016-August (2016) [10.1109/DRC.2016.7548484] [abs].
  • Cao, C; Andrews, JB; Kumar, A; Franklin, AD, Improving Contact Interfaces in Fully Printed Carbon Nanotube Thin-Film Transistors., ACS Nano, vol 10 no. 5 (2016), pp. 5221-5229 [10.1021/acsnano.6b00877] [abs].