Hendrik Heinz
Associate Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering


MSE Areas: Biomaterials, alloys,composites, and multi-scale simulation

Hendrik Heinz’s research investigates the assembly of biological and nanostructured material at length scales of 1 to 1000 nm using computational tools. His team actively develops, validates, and applies atomistic potentials of oxides, metals, and polymers to solve challenges in materials design. Primary areas of interest include selective binding of biomolecules to mineral surfaces, nanocrystal growth and catalytic activity,  and properties of alloys as well as mechanical properties of polymer composites. His research also focuses on the development of the first uniform simulation platform for inorganic and organic materials at 1 to 1000 nm scale, the INTERFACE force field.

Selected Publications and Accomplishments

”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, advance online publication. DOI: 10.1038/nmat4426.

“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. 201525, 1374-1384. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201404136

“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. 201426, 2647-2658. DOI: 10.1021/cm500365c