• Print-in-Place Electronics & Tattoos

    The media has been covering two recent advancements from the Franklin lab: print-in-place transistors (1D-2D TFTs, paper here) and electronic tattoos (paper here).  Both of these results represent the progress we are making in developing more versatile, low-cost electronics that can be printed directly onto any arbitrary substrate.  

  • Nanomaterial-based Devices

    We study the use of nanomaterials (including 1D carbon nanotubes--shown here--and 2D transition metal dichalcogenides, like MoS2) to enable a variety of high-performance and printed electronic devices.  With a truly 1D electronic structure, ballistic transport, and a ~1 nm diameter, nanotubes offer many advantages for electronics.

  • Franklin group picture from Fall 2018 outside of the Duke engineering buildings.  In the picture (roughly from left-to-right): Prof. Franklin, Zhihui Cheng, Steven Noyce, Joey Andrews, Hattan Abuzaid, Nathaniel Brooke, Jorge Cardenas, Jian Guan, Nick Williams, Shiheng Lu, Nate Watson, Jay Doherty, Yuh-Chen Lin, Brittani Carroll.  Not pictured: Kate Price, Matthew Barbano, Shreya Singh, Nathan Choe, Justin Wang, Xiangjin Wu, Tian Xia

  • Printed Sensors from Nanomaterials

    The printing of sensors provides a low-cost and highly customizable approach for enabling countless applications in this Internet-of-Things (IoT) era. This includes biosensors, such as immunoassays, used for the targeted detection of disease-specific antigens for rapid diagnosis. The intrinsic sensitivity of nanomaterials, when appropriately printed into such sensors, can provide tremendous advantages over the state-of-the-art.

  • Carbon nanotubes monitor tire tread

    Using sensors made from printed carbon nanotubes, the tread depth of a tire can be monitored, electrically.  This low-cost solution is able to yield sub-mm accuracy in the tread thickness, all from electrical signals transmitted from inside the tire.  More details can be found in our IEEE Sensors Journal manuscript and in this story.

  • Spring 2019 Group Party!

  • Fall 2018 Group Party!


  • Taking electronics to new places with nanomaterials

    Our lab focuses on the integration of nanomaterials to enable a new generation of electronics, from advanced nanoelectronics to low-cost printed electronics.  Customization of form factor includes adapting electronic devices to different environments, from radiation harsh space to biological applications.

  • Fall 2015 Group Party!


Franklin Group

Our 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, along with other application-specific advantages. The primary drive of our research is to improve performance of, and/or expand applications for, electronic devices, including those with more custom form factors and/or functionality (flexibility, transparency, bioelectronic function, etc.).  A growing thrust in the lab is the application of ultrasensitive, cheaply processed nanomaterials to biosensing applications.