I have a deep interest in technology, from exploratory research in electronics to the technology development of new products. Human-technology interaction continues to change, with each transition driven by a combination of hardware advancements (e.g., research discovery, product development) and business/consumer interest. As the technology landscape continues to evolve, I look forward to being a part of exciting developments, at both the core research and technology translation levels. A recent example is the founding of a startup company, Tyrata, based on electronic sensors invented in my lab at Duke. These sensors, which are comprised of printed carbon nanotubes, are able to electrically and wirelessly monitor the tread wear of automobile tires.
Dr. Aaron Franklin is Chief Technology Officer at Tyrata, Inc and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Chemistry at Duke University. After spending six years on the research staff at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, he joined the faculty at Duke in 2014. He is most widely known for his work on low-dimensional nanoelectronics with specific emphasis on 1D (carbon nanotube, CNT) and 2D transistors, including device scaling, transport studies, and advanced integration approaches, such as printing. The primary drive of Dr. Franklin’s research is to improve performance or function in electronic devices using nanomaterials. Tyrata’s printed tread wear sensing technology was invented in the Franklin lab through the study of printed CNT electronics.
Dr. Franklin received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 2008 and his bachelor’s degree, also in Electrical Engineering, from Arizona State University in 2004. He is a prolific scientific contributor and inventor, with more than 60 publications and holding 50 issued patents