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 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

  • “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
  • “Energy-effective Grinding of Inorganic Solids Using Organic Additives" Mishra, R. K.; Weibel, M.; Muller, T.; Heinz, H.; Flatt, R. J. Chimia 2017, 71, 451-460. DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2017.451. 2016 Sandmeyer Award Lecture (Swiss Chemical Society).
  • “Reliable Computational Design of Biological-Inorganic Materials to the Large Nanometer Scale Using Interface-FF” Dharmawardhana, C. C.; Kanhaiya, K.; Lin, T.-J.; Garley, A.; Knecht, M. R.; Zhou, J.; Miao, J.; Heinz, H. Mol. Sim. 2017, 43, 1394-1405. DOI: 10.1080/08927022.2017.1332414
  • “Influence of Aluminates on the Hydration Kinetics of Tricalcium Silicate” Pustovgar, E.; Mishra, R. K.; Palacios, M.; d’Espinose de Lacaillerie, J. B.; Matschei, T.; Andreev, A.; Heinz, H.; Verel, R.; Flatt, R. J. Cem. Concr. Res. 2017, 100, 245-262. DOI: 10.1016/j.cemconres.2017.06.006
  • “Nature of Peptide Wrapping onto Metal Nanoparticle Catalysts and Driving Forces for Size Control” Ramezani-Dakhel, H.; Bedford, N. M; Woehl, T. J.; Knecht, M. R.; Naik, R. R.; Heinz, H. Nanoscale 2017, 9, 8401-8409. DOI: 10.1039/C7NR02813J
  • “Nanoparticle Decoration with Surfactants: Molecular Interactions, Assembly, and Applications” Heinz, H.; Pramanik, C.; Heinz, O.; Ding, Y.; Mishra, R. K.; Marchon, D.; Flatt, R. J.; Estrela-Lopis, I.; Llop, J.; Moya, S.; Ziolo, R.F. Surf. Sci. Rep. 2017, 72, 1-58. DOI: 10.1016/j.surfrep.2017.02.001
  • “A Study of the Impact of Polyanions on the Formation of Lipid Bilayers on Top of Polyelectrolyte Multilayers with Poly(allylamine hydrochloride) as Top Layer” Diamanti, E.; Andreozzi, P.; Kirby, C.; Anguiano, R.; Yate, L.; Heinz, H.; Ziolo, R.; Donath, E.; Moya, S. J. Phys. Chem. B 2017, 121, 1158-1167. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.6b12237