Hendrik Heinz
Associate Professor



PhD in materials science and engineering, ETH Zurich (2003)
MSc (Diploma) in chemistry, ETH Zurich (2000)
BSc (Prediploma) in chemistry, University of Heidelberg (1997)


  • 2016 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK)
  • 2016 Sandmeyer Award (Swiss Chemical Society)
  • 2014 Guest Professor at International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), Tsukuba, Japan 
  • 2013 Max Hey Medal (Mineralogical Society of UK and Ireland)
  • 2011 George Brown Lectureship (Mineralogical Society, at Euroclay 2011)
  • 2011 Guest Professor at ETH Zurich (2011)
  • 2010 National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 2009 Giovanni Novelli Prize (Italian Clay Group, at 14th Int. Clay Conf.)
  • 2006 HP Outstanding Junior Faculty Award (ACS, COMP Division)
  • 2005 Member of “AFOSR Star Team”
  • 2001-2003 Graduate Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation
  • 1995-2000 Undergraduate Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation
  • 1994 Silver Medal, International Chemistry Olympiad

Research Interests

  • Computer simulation of inorganic-(bio)organic interfaces and biomineralization
  • Development of force fields for the quantitative prediction of interfacial properties
  • Hierarchical simulation of solar cells and conductive composite materials
  • Structure-property relationships in nanocomposites

Selected Publications

  • "Three-Dimensional Positions of Individual Atoms in Materials Revealed by Electron Tomography” Xu, R.; Chen, C. C.; Wu, L.; Scott, M. C.; Theis, W.; Ophus, C.; Bartels, M.; Yang, Y.; Ramezani-Dakhel, H.; Sawaya, M. R.; Heinz, H.; Marks, L. D.; Ercius, P.; Miao, J. Nat. Mater. 2015, 14, 1099-1103. DOI: 10.1038/nmat4426
  • "Atomic-Scale Identification of Pd Leaching in Nanoparticle Catalyzed CC Coupling: Effects of Particle Surface Disorder” Briggs, B.; Bedford, N.; Seifert, S.; Koerner, H.; Ramezani-Dakhel, H.; Heinz, H.; Naik, R. R.; Frenkel, A.; Knecht, M. R. Chem. Sci. 2015, 6, 6413-6419. DOI: 10.1039/C5SC01424G
  • “En Route to a Multi-Model Scheme for Clinker Comminution with Chemical Grinding Aids” Mishra, R. K.; Geissbuehler, D.; Carmona, H.; Wittel, F. K.; Sawley, M. L.; Weibel, M.; Gallucci, E.; Herrmann, H. J.; Heinz, H.; Flatt, R. J. Adv. Appl. Ceram. 2015, 114, 393-401. DOI: 10.1179/1743676115Y.0000000023
  • “Elucidation of Peptide-Directed Palladium Surface Structure for Biologically-Tunable Nanocatalysts” Bedford, N. M.; Ramezani-Dakhel, H.; Slocik, J. M.; Briggs, B. D.; Ren, Y.; Frenkel, A. I.; Petkov, V.; Heinz, H.; Naik, R. R.; Knecht, M. R. ACS Nano 2015, 9, 5082-5092. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b00168
  • "Molecular Mechanism of Specific Recognition of Cubic Pt Nanocrystals by Peptides and of the Concentration-Dependent Formation from Seed Crystals" Ramezani-Dakhel, H.; Ruan, L.; Huang, Y.; Heinz, H. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2015. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201404136
  • "Prediction of Specific Biomolecule Adsorption on Silica Surfaces as a Function of pH and Particle Size" Emami, F. S.; Puddu, V.; Berry, R. J.; Varshney, V.; Patwardhan, S. V.; Perry, C. C.; Heinz, H. Chem. Mater. 2014, 26, 5725-5734. DOI: 10.1021/cm5026987
  • "A Rational Biomimetic Approach to Structure Defect Generation in Colloidal Nanocrystals" Ruan, L.; Ramezani-Dakhel, H.; Lee, C.; Li, Y.; Duan, X.; Heinz, H.; Huang, Y. ACS Nano 2014, 8, 6934-6944. DOI: 10.1021/nn501704k
  • "The Role of Chemistry and pH of Solid Surfaces for Specific Adsorption of Biomolecules in Solution—Accurate Computational Models and Experiment" Heinz, H. J. Phys. Cond. Mat. 2014, 26, 244105. DOI:10.1088/0953-8984/26/24/244105