Zlatan Akšamija
Associate Professor
Materials Science and Engineering Department
University of Utah
zlatan.aksamija <you know what goes here> utah <dot> edu
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 materials science and engineering who studies heat transport and dissipation in nanostructured materials and devices. 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. He joined the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Utah in 2022 where he was an UPSTEM faculty fellow in 2023.