Technical Publications
Prospects for Energy on Earth
Earth Day Essay: Ten Reasons Why Earth Is a Special Place in the Universe
Thoughts on Activism - The Grinnell College Forum
US Patent 9110534 - Stylus Devices Having Variable Electrical
for Capacitive Touchscreens
A Dozen Greatest Images
Organic Chemistry: The molecules of life and everyday things
Defining and Defending the Renaissance Man
R. Franz, “Connecting with the Planets.” Electronic Design, Jan. 23, 2017.

R. Franz, “Passive Components Get Active.”
Electronic Design, Dec. 5, 2016.  

R. Franz, “How Will We Get the Gallium?”
Electronic Design, April 4, 2016.  

R. Franz, “Beyond “Lead-Free”: An Update on the IPC-1752A Standard for
Materials Declaration.”
 Electronic Design, Jan. 8, 2015.  Also available at IPC.

R. Franz and J. Montgomery, “TE Desired MCC Features.” Enovia Materials
Compliance Central Advisory Board Meeting, Dassault Systèmes, Waltham, May
6-7, 2015.

R. Franz, “Reverse Logistics is Fundamentally Logical.”  EBN Online, Dec. 17,

R. Franz, “Status of ULE Draft Standard 102 for Door Leafs.”  Presented to
Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA) International,
Chicago, IL, Sept. 27, 2011.  

R. Franz, “Sustainability, Standards and Future Trends.” Presented to
International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS),
Milwaukee/Chicago Chapter, session on Environmentally Innovative Electronic
Concepts, Arlington Heights, IL, Sept. 20, 2011.  

R. Franz, “Standards and Sustainability.”  Presented to IEEE Product Safety
Engineering Society, Chicago Chapter, Aug. 24, 2011.

R. Franz, “Making Serious Light of Metals,”
UL Lumen Insights, May-June,
2011, p. 3.

R. Franz, “The Life Cycle of Materials in Mobile Phones.”  UL White Paper,
June, 2011.

R. Franz, “Use Nonlinear Devices as Linchpins to Next Generation Design.”  
Electronic Design, June 24, 2010.

R. Franz, “Negative Differential Resistance Leads to Some Positive Results.”
Electronic Design, June 30, 2010.

R. Franz, “Environmental Programs in the Consumer Products Sector.”  
Electronics & Sustainability: Design for Energy and the Environment, Illinois
Sustainable Electronics Initiative, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Feb.
24, 2010.

R. Franz, “Case Studies in RoHS Compliance: Eight Ways to Reach the Goal.”  
IPC/JEDEC 11th International Conference on Lead Free Electronic Components
and Assemblies, Boston, MA, Dec. 7, 2005.

R. Franz, “Pulling the Plug on Current Drain:  Advances in Material Selection for
Reducing Standby Leakage.”  
IEEE Circuits & Devices Magazine, Vol. 20, No.
6, pp. 12-16, November/December, 2004.

R. Franz, “Application of Threshold Switches to Limit Standby Energy Loss,”
PriorArtDatabase, April 19, 2004..

R. Franz, “An OEM’s View on Recycling Small Electronic Equipment,”
, Feb. 25, 2004.

R. Franz, “Remove RoHS Colored Glasses and Roll Up Shirtsleeves,”
Semiconductor International, April, 2003, p. 34.

R. Franz, “Optimizing Portable Product Recycling Through Reverse Supply Chain
Technology,” IEEE International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment,
May 6-9, 2002, San Francisco, CA, pp. 274-279.

R. Franz, “Recycling Portable Electronics,” presented in teleconference to
Design for Environment Panel, The Electronics Product Recovery and Recycling
(EPR2) Conference and The Electronics Recycling Summit, Arlington, VA, April
17-19, 2001.

M. Stutz, R. Franz, I. Nicolaescu, U. Wagner and P. Tzscheutschler, “Energy
Use in the Life Cycle of Cellular Phones: A study of the impacts during
manufacturing and use.” Joint International Congress and Exhibition, Electronics
Goes Green 2000+, ESTREL Congress Center, Berlin, Germany, Sept. 11-13,

M. Stutz, R. Franz, and M. Zurkirch.  “Environmentally Preferred Phone:  A Joint
Pilot with Swisscom.” European Telecom Network (ETNO) Conference, Ipswich,
UK, Nov., 2000.
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