Hendrik Heinz
Associate Professor

Office: JSCBB C126
Mailbox: 596 UCB


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


  • 2018 Outstanding Mentor Award (CU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs)
  • 2018 National Science Foundation Special Creativity Award
  • 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
  • Design of catalysts and functional materials
  • Development of force fields for the prediction of multiphase material properties
  • Hierarchical simulation of building materials and multiscale mechanics
  • Structure-property relationships in polymer nanocomposites

Selected Publications

  • “Long-Range Hierarchical Nanocrystal Assembly Driven by Molecular Structural Transformation”
    Zhu, E.; Wang, S.; Yan, X.; Sobani, M.; Ruan, L.; Wang, C.; Liu, Y.; Duan, X.; Heinz, H.; Huang, Y.
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, published online. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b08023
  • “Atomic-Scale Structure and Stress Release Mechanism in Core-Shell Nanoparticles”
    Nathanson, M.; Kanhaiya, K.; Pryor, Jr., A.; Miao, J.; Heinz, H.
    ACS Nano 2018, published online. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b06118
  • “Building Two-Dimensional Materials One Row at a Time: Avoiding the Nucleation Barrier”
    Chen, J.; Zhu, E.; Liu, J.; Zhang, S.; Lin, Z.; Duan, X.; Heinz, H.; Huang, Y.; De Yoreo, J. J.
    Science 2018, 362, 1135-1139. DOI: 10.1126/science.aau4146
  • “Instantaneous Insight into Induced Charges at Metal Surfaces, Aqueous, and Biological Interfaces Using a Polarizable Lennard-Jones Potential”
    Lorenzo Geada, I.; Ramezani-Dakhel, H.; Sulpizi, M.; Heinz, H.
    Nat. Comm. 2018, 9, 716. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-03137-8
  • “Carbon Nanotube Dispersion in Solvents and Polymer Solutions: Mechanisms, Assembly, and Preferences”
    Pramanik, C.; Gissinger, J. R.; Kumar, S.; Heinz, H.
    ACS Nano 2017, 11, 12805-12816. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b07684
  • “Simulations of Inorganic-Bioorganic Interfaces and Comparisons to Experiment to Discover New Materials: Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities”
    Heinz, H.; Ramezani-Dakhel, H.
    Chem. Soc. Rev. 2016, 45, 412-448. DOI: 10.1039/C5CS00890E
  • “Elucidation of Peptide-Directed Palladium Surface Structure for Biologically-Tunable Nanocatalysts”
    Bedford, N. M.; Ramezani-Dakhel, H. (GS); 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, 25, 1374-1384. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201404136 (IF 13)
  • ”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
  • “Force Field and a Surface Model Database for Silica to Simulate Interfacial Properties in Atomic Resolution”
    Emami, F. S.; Puddu, V.; Berry, R. J.; Varshney, V.; Patwardhan, S. V.; Perry, C. C.; Heinz, H.
    Chem. Mater. 2014, 26, 2647-2658. DOI: 10.1021/cm500365c