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Professor Steve Franklin BSc, PhD, MInstPPhD


Visiting Industrial Professor, Tribology and Human Tissue Interaction

Tel: +31 6 226 84346

Steve is Chief Technologist in Tribology and Human Tissue Interaction at Philips Research in Eindhoven, The Netherlands (, where he leads a team of industrial research professionals. He is also Visiting Industrial Professor at the Leonardo Tribology Centre at the University of Sheffield, has a broad international network and publishes and lectures widely in the field of tribology.

Steve has more than 25 years experience in a variety of industrial applications of tribology. This includes materials aspects including coatings and surface treatments and the prediction and influencing of friction performance and wear behaviour in relation to lifetime and reliability, through experiment and modelling. Steve’s current interests focus on biotribology in healthcare and consumer lifestyle product development: interactions between devices and human tissue, how these interactions affect the product performance, comfort and tissue damage, and how these aspects can be influenced through product design.

Click here to view a list of Prof Franklin's publications