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

  • “Furfuryl Alcohol Deoxygenation, Decarbonylation, and Ring-Opening on Pt(111)” Mark, L. O.; Jenkins, A. H.; Heinz, H.; Medlin, J. W. Surf. Sci. 2018, 677, 333-340. DOI: 10.1016/j.susc.2018.07.00
  • "Interactions at the Silica-Peptide Interface:  Influence of the Extent of Functionalization on the Conformational Ensemble" Sola-Rabada, A.; Michaelis, M.; Roe, M.; Oliver, D. J.; Colombi Ciacchi, L.; Heinz, H.; Perry, C. C.    Langmuir 2018, 34, 8255-8263. DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b00874
  • “Understanding Chemical Bonding in Alloys and the Representation in Atomistic Simulations” Liu, J.; Tennessen, E.; Miao, J.; Huang, Y.; Rondinelli, J. M.; Heinz, H. J. Phys. Chem. C 2018, 122, 14996-15009. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b01891
  • “Single-Shot 3D Coherent Diffractive Imaging of Core-Shell Nanoparticles with Elemental Specificity" Pryor, A., Jr.; Rana, A.; Xu, R.; Rodriguez, J. A.; Yang, Y.; Gallagher-Jones, M.; Jiang, H.; Kanhaiya, K.; Nathanson, M.; Park, J.; Kim, Sunam; Kim, Sangsoo; Nam, D.; Yue, Y.; Fan, J.; Sun, Z.; Zhang, B.; Gardner, D. F.; Baraldi Dias, C. S.; Joti, Y.; Hatsui, T.; Kameshima, T.; Inubushi, Y.; Tono, K.; Lee, J. Y.; Yabashi, M.; Song, C.; Ishikawa, T.; Kapteyn, H. C.; Murnane, M. M.; Heinz, H.; Miao, J. Sci. Rep. 2018, 8, 8284. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-26182-1
  • “Quantitative Characterization of High Temperature Oxidation Using Electron Tomography and Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy" Zhou, J.; Taylor, M.; Melinte, G. A.; Shahani, A. J.; Dharmawardhana, C. C.; Heinz, H.; Voorhees, P. W.; Perepezko, J. H.; Bustillo, K.; Ercius, P.; Miao, J. Sci. Rep. 2018, 8, 10239. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-28348-3
  • Molecular Structure and Assembly of Peptide-Derived Nanomaterials" Liu, J.; Wang, Z.; Zeng, J.; Heinz, H. Curr. Opin. Green Sust. Chem. 2018, 12, 38-46. DOI: 10.1016/j.cogsc.2018.05.007
  • Molecular Engineering of Interphases in Polymer/Carbon Nanotube Composites to Reach the Limits of Mechanical Performance" Pramanik, C.; Nepal, D.; Nathanson, M.; Gissinger, J. R.; Garley, A.; Berry, R. J.; Davijani, A.; Kumar, S.; Heinz, H. Compos. Sci. Tech. 2018, 29, 86-94. DOI: 10.1016/j.compscitech.2018.04.013
  • “Nanoscale Structure-Property Relationships of Polyacrylonitrile/CNT Composites as a Function of Polymer Crystallinity and CNT Diameter” Gissinger, J. R.; Pramanik, C.; Newcomb, B.; Kumar, S.; Heinz, H. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2018, 10, 1017-1027. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.1027b09739
  • “Instantaneous Insight into Induced Charges at Metal Surfaces, Aqueous, and Biological Interfaces Using a Polarizable Lennard-Jones Potential” Lorenzo Geada, I.; Ramezani-Dakhel, H.; Heinz, H.; Sulpizi, M. Nat. Comm. 2018, 9, 716. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-03137-8. Featured in Nature Chemistry Community.
  • “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
  • “CEMFF: A Force Field Database for Cementitious Materials Including Validations, Applications and Opportunities” Mishra, R. K.; Mohamed, A. K.; Geissbuhler, D.; Manzano, H.; Jamil, T.; Shahsavari, R.; Kalinichev, A. G.; Galmarini, S.; Tao, L.; Heinz, H.; Pellenq, R.; van Duin, A. C. T.; Parker, S. C.; Flatt, R.; Bowen, P. Cem. Conr. Res. 2017, 102, 68-89. DOI: 10.1016/j.cemconres.2017.09.003