EXTERNAL WEBSITE: http://www.adfranklin.com
Brief Bio: Aaron received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2008 and his B.S. degree from Arizona State University in 2004, both in electrical engineering. Currently, he is a Research Staff Member at IBMs T. J. Watson Research Center, working in the carbon technology group. His research focuses on the integration of carbon-based nanomaterials into high performance electronic devices. His Ph.D. research was funded by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and involved the fabrication of vertical carbon nanotube transistors. Before beginning his graduate studies, he worked as a Component Design Engineer for Intel Corporation.
Research Statement: I have a deep interest in technology, from exploratory research in nanoelectronics to the business and marketing aspects 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 part of the exciting developments, at the core research or business level.
At present, I am involved in exploratory research to find a replacement for the silicon transistor--the device that has driven the technological revolution since the 1960's. With the ability to further improve silicon transistors nearly diminished, a replacement is imperative if computing capabilities are to further improve. My work is primarily on the use of carbon nanotubes (molecules that are a mere 1 nanometer in diameter) to enable a transistor technology that can yield chips running at lower power with higher performance. Aside from replacing silicon, nanotubes may enable their very own application space in transparent and/or flexible electronics. My broader research interests are highlighted in the proceeding paragraph.
Research Interests: Large-scale integration of nanomaterials for high performance devices or unique substrate applications (e.g. flexible, transparent) in areas such as photovoltaics, low-power devices, and thin-film transistors. This includes: 1) exploration of nanomaterials for enhanced device performance, 2) characterization of nanomaterial-enabled devices, and 3) optimization of fabrication processes to improve yield, consistency, and integration density of devices incorporating nanomaterials.