izv. prof. dr. sc. Mirko Poljak

Associate professor, Department of Electronics, Microelectronics, Computer and Intelligent Systems

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Dr. Mirko Poljak is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb. At this institution, he received the PhD degree in the field of nanoelectronics in May 2013 under the supervision of prof. dr. sc. T. Suligoj (FER) and prof. dr. sc. K. L. Wang (UCLA). In summer 2009 he attended the European School on Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies in Grenoble (France). In the academic year 2011/2012 he was a Visiting Researcher - Fulbright Fellow - in the Device Research Lab, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of California Los Angeles (USA). In December 2014 and June 2015 he did research visits at the Atomistic Simulation Centre, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast (UK).

Dr. Poljak's research is focused on developing models and numerical simulators for the design, analysis and optimization of electron devices at the nanoscale. During his doctoral studies, he worked on carrier transport in low-dimensional nanoelectronic devices such as UTB SOI, FinFET and UTB InGaAs-OI structures. During his stay at UCLA, he investigated electronic and transport properties of graphene and graphene nanoribbons, both experimentally and theoretically (clean room fabrication, characterization, numerical modeling and simulation). His current research interests include the development of an atomistic quantum-transport numerical tool (TCAD) for the analysis of nanodevices based on 2D materials for applications in digital, analog/RF and neuromorphic electronics at the nanoscale. Dr. Poljak has authored 18 papers in journals with above-average impact factors (including a paper in Nano Research with an impact factor of 8,9) and over 30 conference papers. His papers have been cited over 400 times according to the Google Scholar database.

He is a reviewer for IEEE Electron Device Letters, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, Solid-State Electronics, etc. Dr. Poljak is a Senior Member of IEEE since 2019, and member of IEEE Electron Devices Society and Croatian Society MIPRO since 2007. From 2017, he is Chair of the Joint ED/SSC Chapter, IEEE Croatia Section, and member of the Program Committee for MIPRO-MEET from 2021. Dr. Poljak was awarded the National Science Award (2017), Annual Science Award by the Association of University Professors in Zagreb (2017), FER's Science Award for World-Class Research Achievement (2016), Vera Johanides Award by the Croatian Academy of Engineering (2014), FER's Silver Medal and "Josip Lončar" Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis (2013), FER's Science Award for Outstanding Research Achievements (2013) and the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship by the US Government (2011).

Teaching duties

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  • Circuits and systems
    Circuit simulation Integrated circuit modeling Very large scale integration MOS integrated circuits Silicon-on-insulator Integrated circuit technology CMOS technology Logic devices
  • Electron devices
    Quantum well devices Quantum wells Semiconductor devices Quantum dots Semiconductor device modeling Tunneling Resonant tunneling devices
  • Engineering – general
    Electrical engineering
  • Mathematics
    Linear algebra Boundary conditions Differential equations Eigenvalues and eigenfunctions Boltzmann equation Finite difference methods Iterative methods Numerical analysis Newton method Numerical simulation Sparse matrices
  • Nanotechnology
    Nanoelectronics Nanomaterials Nanoscale devices
  • Instrumentation and measurement
    Semiconductor device measurement
  • Science – general
    Quantum mechanics Density functional theory Quantum capacitance Schrodinger equation Tunneling Solid-state physics
  • Computers and information processing
    Parallel programming

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Research interests:

  • advanced nano-devices for electronics, sensors and neuromorphic circuits at the nanoscale
  • physical micro and nanoelectronics, semiclassical and quantum transport
  • numerical modeling and simulation - from atomistic scale to compact models for circuit simulation
  • parallel programming and computing in hybrid environments (C, OpenMP, MPI, BLAS, LAPACK, Nvidia CUDA)
  • 2D materials (graphene, silicene, phosphorene, etc.) and new computing paradigms (spintronics, memristors)


  • IEEE Senior Member
  • IEEE, IEEE Electron Devices Society
  • Croatian Society MIPRO

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List of select projects

  • PI, Computational design of nanotransistors based on novel 2D materials (2020-2025, sponsor: HRZZ-Croatian Science Foundation, UIP Grant)
  • PI, 2D material memristors for neural networks on chip (2020-2024, sponsor: HRZZ-Croatian Science Foundation, DOK Grant)
  • PI, Silicene nanostructures for nanoelectronics applications (2017-2018, sponsor: NVIDIA Corporation & FER Start)
  • Researcher (postdoc), High-Performance Semiconductor Devices for Wireless Circuit and Optical Detection Applications - HIPERSEMI (2014-2018, sponsor: HRZZ; PI: prof. dr. sc. T. Suligoj)
  • Researcher (PhD student), Nanometarski elektronički elementi i sklopovske primjene (2007-2013, sponsor: MZOŠ RH; PI: prof. dr. sc. T. Suligoj)
  • Researcher, Horizontal current bipolar transistor (HCBT) for 0.18 μm BiCMOS integration (2008-2009, sponsor: Asahi Kasei Microdevices Co., Ltd., Japan; PI: prof. dr. sc. T. Suligoj)
  • Researcher (Fulbright Fellow), Atomistic simulations of graphene nanoribbons: Bandstructure and quantum transport (2011-2012, sponsor: FENA; PI: prof. dr. sc. K. L. Wang)

Past employments


2021/05 - Associate Professor (FER)

2017/06 - Assistant Professor (FER)


Conferment of Scientific Grades

2020/11 - Scientific Advisor

2017/06 - Senior Research Associate

2014/03 - Research Associate