Research Profile

Ivana Savic

Biography

The core theme of my research is uncovering how various interaction mechanisms affect the electronic, thermal and optical properties of materials, and how they can be manipulated to obtain materials with improved properties for important technological applications. My main expertise is the theory
and modelling of material properties, and their effective use to interpret and guide experiments. 

I obtained my PhD from the University of Leeds, UK in 2006, during which I worked on the optical and electronic transport properties of mid- and far-infrared lasers and detectors in magnetic fields. In my postdoctoral appointments at CEA-Grenoble, France, and University of California Davis, USA, I worked on understanding the mechanisms that limit the heat conduction in disordered nanotubes and SiGe nanostructured materials for thermoelectric applications.

Two years ago I was awarded a Marie Curie and Science Foundation Ireland Starting Investigator grant (€400K over 4 years) to set up a new research direction at the Tyndall National Institute on the theory of thermoelectric materials.






Research Interests

The core theme of my research is uncovering how various interaction mechanisms affect the electronic, thermal and optical properties of materials, and how they can be manipulated to obtain materials with improved properties for important technological applications. My main expertise is the theory
and modelling of material properties, and their effective use to interpret and guide experiments. My research activities include:

- Thermoelectric transport properties of bulk materials.

- Heat transport in bulk and nanostructured materials.

- Electron transport and optical properties of quantum-well based devices (quantum cascade lasers     and quantum well photodetectors).

- Electronic and optical properties of quantum dots.

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Thermoelectric properties of complex bulk materials from first principlesScience Foundation Ireland10-SEP-1231-AUG-16€400,000.00

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2008)'Phonon transport in isotope-disordered carbon and boron-nitride nanotubes: Is localization observable?'
Savic, Ivana and Mingo, Natalio and Stewart, Derek A (2008) 'Phonon transport in isotope-disordered carbon and boron-nitride nanotubes: Is localization observable?'. Physical review letters, 101 (16) [Details]
(2006)'Electron transport in quantum cascade lasers in a magnetic field'
Savic, Ivana and Ikonic, Zoran and Milanovic, Vitomir and Vukmirovic, Nenad and Jovanovic, Vladimir D and Indjin, Dragan and Harrison, Paul (2006) 'Electron transport in quantum cascade lasers in a magnetic field'. Physical Review B, 73 (7) [Details]
(2008)'Thermal conduction mechanisms in boron nitride nanotubes: Few-shell versus all-shell conduction'
Savic, Ivana and Stewart, Derek A and Mingo, Natalio (2008) 'Thermal conduction mechanisms in boron nitride nanotubes: Few-shell versus all-shell conduction'. Physical Review B, 78 (23) [Details]
(2007)'Intraband magneto-optical properties of magnetic quantum dots'
Savic, Ivana and Vukmirovic, Nenad (2007) 'Intraband magneto-optical properties of magnetic quantum dots'. Physical Review B, 76 (24) [Details]
(2012)'Lattice thermal conductivity of semiconducting bulk materials: atomistic simulations'
He, Yuping and Savic, Ivana and Donadio, Davide and Galli, Giulia (2012) 'Lattice thermal conductivity of semiconducting bulk materials: atomistic simulations'. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 14 (47):16209-16222 [Details]
(2010)'Precise control of thermal conductivity at the nanoscale through individual phonon-scattering barriers'
Pernot, Gilles and Stoffel, M and Savic, I and Pezzoli, F and Chen, P and Savelli, Guillaume and Jacquot, A and Schumann, J and Denker, U and Monch, I and others (2010) 'Precise control of thermal conductivity at the nanoscale through individual phonon-scattering barriers'. Nature materials, 9 (6):491-495 [Details]
(2006)'A microscopic model of electron transport in quantum dot infrared photodetectors'
Vukmirovic, Nenad and Ikonic, Zoran and Savic, Ivana and Indjin, Dragan and Harrison, Paul (2006) 'A microscopic model of electron transport in quantum dot infrared photodetectors'. Journal of applied physics, 100 (7) [Details]
(2005)'Magnetic-field tunable terahertz quantum well infrared photodetector'
Savic, Ivana and Milanovic, Vitomir and Vukmirovic, Nenad and Jovanovic, Vladimir D and Ikonic, Zoran and Indjin, Dragan and Harrison, Paul (2005) 'Magnetic-field tunable terahertz quantum well infrared photodetector'. Journal of applied physics, 98 (8) [Details]
(2013)'Dimensionality and heat transport in Si-Ge superlattices'
Savic, Ivana and Donadio, Davide and Gygi, Francois and Galli, Giulia (2013) 'Dimensionality and heat transport in Si-Ge superlattices'. Applied Physics Letters, 102 (7) [Details]
(2013)'Thermal conductivity of one-, two-and three-dimensional sp2 carbon'
Pereira, Luiz Felipe C and Savic, Ivana and Donadio, Davide (2013) 'Thermal conductivity of one-, two-and three-dimensional sp2 carbon'. New Journal of Physics, 15 (10) [Details]
(2006)'Design of a ZnMnSe/ZnMgSe spin-polarized terahertz quantum cascade laser tunable by magnetic field'
Savic, Ivana and Ikonic, Zoran and Vukmirovic, Nenad and Indjin, Dragan and Harrison, Paul and Milanovic, Vitomir (2006) 'Design of a ZnMnSe/ZnMgSe spin-polarized terahertz quantum cascade laser tunable by magnetic field'. Applied physics letters, 89 (1):011109-011109 [Details]
(2008)'First-principles calculation of the isotope effect on boron nitride nanotube thermal conductivity'
Stewart, Derek A and Savic, Ivana and Mingo, Natalio (2008) 'First-principles calculation of the isotope effect on boron nitride nanotube thermal conductivity'. Nano letters, 9 (1):81-84 [Details]
(2004)'Dilute magnetic semiconductor quantum-well structures for magnetic field tunable far-infrared/terahertz absorption'
Savic, Ivana and Milanovic, Vitomir and Ikonic, Zoran and Indjin, Dragan and Jovanovic, Vladimir and Harrison, Paul (2004) 'Dilute magnetic semiconductor quantum-well structures for magnetic field tunable far-infrared/terahertz absorption'. Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of, 40 (11):1614-1621 [Details]
(2007)'Density matrix theory of transport and gain in quantum cascade lasers in a magnetic field'
Savic, Ivana and Vukmirovic, Nenad and Ikonic, Zoran and Indjin, Dragan and Kelsall, Robert W and Harrison, Paul and Milanovic, Vitomir (2007) 'Density matrix theory of transport and gain in quantum cascade lasers in a magnetic field'. Physical Review B, 76 (16) [Details]
(2005)'Carrier dynamics in quantum cascade lasers'
Harrison, P and Indjin, D and Jovanovic, V and McTavish, J and Kelsall, RW and Ikonic, Z and Savic, I and Vukmirovic, N and Milanovic, V (2005) 'Carrier dynamics in quantum cascade lasers'. Acta Physica Polonica A, 107 (1):75-81 [Details]
(2008)'On the coherence/incoherence of electron transport in semiconductor heterostructure optoelectronic devices (Invited Paper)[6909-37]'
Harrison, P and Indjin, D and Savic, I and Ikonic, Z and Evans, CA and Vukmirovic, N and Kelsall, RW and McTavish, J and Jovanovic, VD and Milanovic, V (2008) 'On the coherence/incoherence of electron transport in semiconductor heterostructure optoelectronic devices (Invited Paper)[6909-37]'. PROCEEDINGS-SPIE THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR OPTICAL ENGINEERING, 6909 [Details]
(2006)'Theoretical modelling of electron transport in InAs/GaAs quantum dot superlattices'
Vukmirovic, Nenad and Ikonic, Zoran and Savic, Ivana and Indjin, Dragan and Harrison, Paul (2006) 'Theoretical modelling of electron transport in InAs/GaAs quantum dot superlattices'. physica status solidi (c), 3 (11):3770-3773 [Details]
(2005)'Quantum cascade lasers in magnetic field: An active region model'
Savic, I and Milanovic, V and Indjin, D and Ikonic, Z and Jovanovic, VD and Harrison, P (2005) 'Quantum cascade lasers in magnetic field: An active region model'. physica status solidi (b), 242 (9):1812-1816 [Details]
(2005)'A physical model of quantum cascade lasers: Application to GaAs, GaN and SiGe devices'
Harrison, P and Indjin, D and Jovanovic, VD and Mircetic, A and Ikonic, Z and Kelsall, RW and McTavish, J and Savic, I and Vukmirovic, N and Milanovic, V (2005) 'A physical model of quantum cascade lasers: Application to GaAs, GaN and SiGe devices'. physica status solidi (a), 202 (6):980-986 [Details]
(2006)'Lasing in spin-polarized terahertz quantum cascade structures'
Savic, Ivana and Ikonic, Zoran and Vukmirovic, Nenad and Milanovic, Vitomir and Indjin, Dragan and Harrison, Paul (2006) 'Lasing in spin-polarized terahertz quantum cascade structures'. physica status solidi (c), 3 (12):4401-4404 [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
1997Serbian Government Scholarship Government of Republic of Serbia
2005GW Carter Prize University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
2004Best student Award University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
2003Overseas Research Scholarship University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Materials Research Society member/
American Physical Society member/

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University of Leeds, Leeds, UK Research Assistant16-JUN-06 / 18-OCT-06
University of California at Davis, USA Postdoctoral researcher31-AUG-09 / 30-AUG-12
University of Leeds, Leeds, UK Research Fellow19-OCT-06 / 30-AUG-07
Tyndall National Institute SFI and Marie Curie Starting Investigator10-SEP-12 / 20-NOV-14
Commission of Atomic Energy, Grenoble, France Postdoctoral researcher31-AUG-07 / 31-AUG-09

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2006University of Leeds, Leeds, UK PHDElectrical Engineering
2003University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia BSCElectrical Engineering

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Applied Physics Letters Referee-
Physical Review Letters Referee-
Phys Rev B Referee-

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests include advanced undergraduate physics courses: Statistical Thermodynamics, Condensed Matter Physics and Quantum Mechanics. 

I lectured the Statistical Thermodynamics course at the Department of Physics, University College Cork in Spring 2013 and 2014.


Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2015Statistical Thermodynamics PY3104Statistical Thermodynamics

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University College Cork, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, Ireland T23 N73K

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