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Franklin Anariba


Telephone: +65 6499 4605
Research Areas:
Material Science

Pillar / Cluster: Engineering Product Development, Science and Math


Obtained his bachelor of arts in chemistry at Rutgers University in New Jersey. As an undergraduate he carried out electropolymerization research under the supervision of Prof. Alexander Yacynych at Rutgers University, and in bionsensors under the supervision of Prof. Alexander Scheeline at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. After a short stint at Merck & Co. in Rawah, New Jersey, he pursued graduate studies at the Ohio State University, where he obtained a M.Sc. in analytical chemistry and a Ph.D. in molecular device fabrication under the supervision of Prof. Richard McCreery.

Subsequently, he joined Prof. David Bocian at the University of California, Riverside, where he studied molecular memory devices and metal/molecule/semiconductor interfaces which eventually led to technologies commercialized by Zettacore, Inc. He then moved to Singapore and worked as a research scientist at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) where he worked on integrating microfabrication techniques amenable to surface chemistry, bioimaging, and localized surface Plasmon resonance for DNA amplification.

After so many years conducting cutting-edge research, he decided to make inroads in education. For such purpose, he returned to California to lecture chemistry to engineering and architecture students at the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo. The engineering and architecture programs at Cal Poly are highly selective, second only to Stanford university in the West Coast.

Afterwards, he realized he missed Singapore and in November of 2011 obtained an appointment in a liver tissue engineering project in the department of materials science and engineering at Nanyang Technological University. His current focus at SUTD as a lecturer is to help develop a chemistry curriculum with strong emphasis on the application of design solutions that is amenable to engineering and architecture students.


  • Ph.D. Molecular Device Fabrication (Chemistry), The Ohio State University (2005).
  • M.S. Analytical Chemistry, The Ohio State University (2002).
  • B.A. Chemistry, Rutgers University (1999).

Teaching Experience

  • Lecturer – Singapore University of Technology and Design (2012 – Present)
  • Lecturer – California Polytechnic State University, CA, USA (2011 – 2012)
  • Adjunct Professor – San Bernardino Valley College, CA, USA (2007)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant – The Ohio State University, OH, USA (1999 – 2002)


  • Franklin Anariba. “Fabrication and Characterization of Molecular Junctions: A Robust Platform for Electron Transport Studies in Molecular Electronics.” VDM Verlag, Germany, 2010. ISBN (978-3-639-23379-7).

Selected Journal Publications

  • Franklin Anariba*, Leng Leng Chng, Nur Sharalyn Abdullah and Francis E. H. Tay*.  Synthesis, optical properties, and bioapplications of the aggregation-induced emission of 2,3,4,5-tetraphenylcyclopenta-2,4-dienyl benzene derivatives.  J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 19203.
  • Roy Semenath, Xiojun Chen, Mo-Huang Li, Yanfeng Peng, Franklin Anariba and Zhiqiang Gao.*  Mass-produced nanogap sensor array for ultrasensitive detection of DNA.  J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 12211.
  • Franklin Anariba, Hugo Tiznado, James Diers, Izabela Schmidt, Ana Muresan, Jonathan Lindsey* and David Bocian.*  Comprehensive characterization of hybrid junctions comprised of a porphyrin monolayer sandwiched between a coinage metal overlayer and a Si (100) substrate.  J. Phys. Chem. C., 2008, 112(5), 9474.
  • Franklin Anariba, Izabela Schmidt, Ana Muresan, Jonathan Lindsey* and David Bocian.* Metal-molecule interactions upon deposition of copper overlayers on reactively functionalized porphyrin monolayers on Si (100).  Langmuir, 2008, 24(13), 6698.
  • Franklin Anariba, Umamaheswari Viswanathan, David Bocian* and Richard McCreery.*  Determination of the structure and orientation of organic molecules tethered to flat graphitic carbon by ATR-FTIR and Raman spectroscopy.  Anal. Chem.,2006, 78(9), 3104.
  • Franklin Anariba, Jeremy Steach and Richard McCreery.*  Strong effects on molecular structure on electron transport in carbon / molecule / copper electronic junctions.  J. Phys. Chem. B., 2005, 109, 11163.
  • Franklin Anariba, Stacy Duvall and Richard McCreery.* Mono- and multilayer formation by diazonium reduction on carbon surfaces monitored with atomic force microscopy “scratching.” Anal. Chem., 2003, 75, 3837.
  • Franklin Anariba and Richard McCreery.*  Electronic conductance behavior of carbon-based molecular junctions with conjugated structures.  J. Phys. Chem. B.2002, 106, 10355.
    * corresponding author

Selected Presentations

  • Franklin Anariba, Juergen Piper and Francis E. H. Tay.  Towards label-free monitoring of DNA amplification.  11th IBN SAB Meeting, Singapore, 2009.
  • Franklin Anariba, James Diers and David Bocian.  Platform characterization for molecular electronics.  Materials Research Society Conference (Boston), 2007.
  • Franklin Anariba and David Bocian.  Electrical properties of metal-porphyrin-semiconductor junctions.  CNID Review, University of California at Santa Barbara, 2007.
  • Franklin Anariba and David Bocian.  Interrogation of metal / porphyrin / semiconductor interfaces. Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, 2006. (Invited talk).
  • Franklin Anariba and David Bocian.  Characterization of Si (100) / porphyrin / metal interfaces.  American Chemical Society Conference (San Francisco), 2006.
  • Franklin Anariba, Umamaheswari Viswanathan, Richard McCreery and David Bocian.  Infrared Spectroscopy of Semiconductor / Molecule / Metal Interfaces.  Materials Research Society Conference (Boston), 2005.
  • Franklin Anariba and Richard McCreery.  Probing the electronic properties of carbon / molecule / metal molecular junctions.  Pittsburgh Conference (Chicago), 2004.
Research Interests

BioSensor and BioDevices

  • Fabrication, characterization and applications of organic fluorescent dyes displaying aggregation-induced emission (AIE) for cell imaging applications and charged species sensing.
  • Development of localized Plasmon resonance surfaces for nucleic acid amplification.
  • Fabrication and characterization of oxide interfaces for sensory and superconducting applications.

Educational / Pedagogical 

  • Ancient Technologies - A scientific and engineering approach.
  • Chemistry teaching methodologies in Southeast Asia.