About Zlatan

Zlatan Akšamija
Associate Professor
University of Massachusetts Amherst
201B Marcus Hall
100 Natural Resources Road
Amherst, MA  01003-9292
Zlatan’s CV: CV_ZAksamija


  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2009
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2005
  • B.S. Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2003


  • 2D materials: TMDC heterostructures for device and energy applications
  • Nanoscale heat transfer: phonon transport in nanostructures, thermal rectification
  • Novel thermoelectrics: nanostructured and organic materials for energy harvesting
  • Electro-thermal simulation: dissipation in nanoelectronic devices
  • Materials informatics: simulation- and data-driven discovery of new materials

BIO: Zlatan Akšamija is an associate professor of engineering who studies heat transport and dissipation in nanostructures. He received his B.S. in Computer Engineering (Summa Cum Laude, James Honors Scholar, Mathematics Minor) in 2003, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (with Computational Science and Engineering option) in 2005 and 2009, respectively, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. His dissertation work entitled “Thermal effects in semiconductor materials and devices” was supported by a DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (2005-2009). Zlatan was awarded an Outstanding Paper award at the EIT’07 conference and a Greg Stillman Memorial semiconductor graduate research award in 2008. From 2009 to 2013, Zlatan was a Computing Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow and an NSF CI TraCS Fellow in the ECE department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focused on semiconductor nanostructures for thermoelectric energy conversion applications, as well as numerical methods for the coupled simulation of electronic and thermal transport. In 2013, Zlatan became an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and founded the NanoEnergy lab, where he studies nanoscale dissipation and heat transfer in 2-dimensional materials, alloys, and nanocomposites. He received the Best Paper award from IEEE Nano (2014) and a Lilly Teaching Fellowship from the UMass Institute for Teaching and Faculty Development. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2019.

Recent Posts

Arnab’s work on graphene accepted in Nano Express


Arnab’s last PhD article on transport across extended grain boundaries in graphene is accepted in Nano Express. Here is a link to the article: https://lnkd.in/ex3B93X.
A large mismatch in the crystal orientations of adjacent grains in polycrystalline graphene could lead to large electrical resistivity across such GBs. However, in this work we show that due to the meandering nature of a GB, a few “special” regions of the GB provide conductive paths for the charge carriers to flow across them. We simulated 5000 identical GBs (i.e. GBs with the same roughness and correlation lengths) to report statistical mean and standard deviation of resistivities across GBs of varying length. Our results show that shorter GBs exhibit larger variation in resistivities as compared to the longer ones.

  1. Adithya defends his dissertation. Congratulations Dr. Kommini! Leave a reply
  2. Meenakshi defends her dissertation. Congratulations Dr. Upadhyaya! Leave a reply
  3. Arnab defends his dissertation. Congratulations Dr. Majee! Leave a reply
  4. Cameron’s work on thermal transport in 2D alloys published in Phys. Rev. Materials Leave a reply
  5. Adithya’s work on Winger transport in 2D thermoelectrics published in Phys. Rev. Applied Leave a reply
  6. Arnab wins Outstanding TA award Leave a reply
  7. Invited review is top download of 2019 Leave a reply
  8. Dissipation in FL WSe2 published Leave a reply
  9. NETlab receives NSF CDS&E grant Comments Off on NETlab receives NSF CDS&E grant