Dr. Aaron D. Franklin

Addy Professor

Dr. 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.  In 2014, he joined the faculty at Duke University where his group has four primary research thrusts: 1) exploring nanomaterials and interfaces for high-performance nanoelectronic devices; 2) developing and employing nanomaterial inks for low-cost printed electronics; 3) harnessing nanomaterial sensitivity and printing processes for biomedical applications; and 4) designing custom electronics for electrical characterization and sensing. 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, including printing.  Since coming to Duke, Dr. Franklin's group has made transformative advancements in the area of printed electronics, including the invention of sensors that have spurred the successful spin-out of a funded company, Tyrata, Inc. (acquired by Bridgestone in 2023; see here).  Additionally, the Franklin group has made key foundational contributions to the rapidly growing field of 2D transistors, with demonstrations of low-voltage and novel contact geometry devices with 2D semiconductor channels.  Dr. Franklin is an IEEE Fellow and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and holds more than 50 patents. 

For examples of Dr. Franklin's different speaking engagements, see: 2D Materials WorkshopSeminar on Ethics in Scientific Research, or Interview with Graduate Student Group at Purdue.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE)
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs (Pratt School of Engineering)

Contact Information

  • Office Location: Fitzpatrick CIEMAS 3473
  • Office Phone: 919-681-9471
  • Email Address: aaron.franklin@duke.edu

Additional Information