Dr.   Hendrik     Heinz

Dr. Hendrik Heinz

Associate Professor
Department of Polymer Engineering
Phone: 330-972-7467
Email: hendrik.heinz@uakron.edu


  • Postdoctoral, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB (2004-2006)
  • Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, ETH Zurich (2003)
  • M. Sc. (Diploma) Chemistry, ETH Zurich (2000)
  • B. Sc. (Pre-Diploma) Chemistry, University of Heidelberg (1997)

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


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

Recent Publications - See also

8. "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 (published online).
DOI: 10.1039/C5SC01424G

7. "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 (published online).
DOI: 10.1179/1743676115Y.0000000023

6. "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. Cover Art (May).

5. "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

4. "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

3. "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

2. "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.

1. "A Force Field for Tricalcium Aluminate to Characterize Surface Properties, Initial Hydration, and Organically Modified Interfaces in Atomic Resolution"
Mishra, R. K.; Fernandez-Carrasco, L.; Flatt, R. J.; Heinz, H.
Dalton Trans. 2014, 43, 10602-10616.
DOI: 10.1039/C4DT00438H

Media Coverage

  1. "Mimicking Mollusks" in Columbus Dispatch, January 29, 2011 PDF
  2. 30 Press Releases related to Biomineralization (USA Today, NSF, Newsguide US, Ohio Supercomputing Center) in December 2010 - Click here to read more.