Dr. Hendrik Heinz

 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)


  • 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)

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

Recent Publications - See also

10. "Facet Recognition and Molecular Ordering of Ionic Liquids on Metal Surfaces"
Jha, K. C.; Liu, H.; Bockstaller, M. R.; Heinz, H.
J. Phys. Chem. C 2013, 117, 25969-25981.
DOI: 10.1021/jp4032404

9. "Exploiting Localized Surface Binding Effects to Enhance the Catalytic Reactivity of Peptide-Capped Nanoparticles"
Coppage, R.; Slocik, J. M.; Ramezani-Dakhel, H.; Bedford, N. M.; Heinz, H.; Naik, R. R.; Knecht, M. R.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 11048-11054.
DOI: 10.1021/ja402215t

8. "Force Field for Tricalcium Silicate and Insight into Nanoscale Properties: Cleavage, Initial Hydration, and Adsorption of Organic Molecules"
Mishra, R. K.; Flatt. R. J.; Heinz, H.
J. Phys. Chem. C 2013, 117, 10417-10432. Journal Cover (May 23).
DOI: 10.1021/jp312815g

7. "Stability, surface features, and atom leaching of palladium nanoparticles: toward prediction of catalytic functionality"
Ramezani-Dakhel, H.; Mirau, P. A.; Naik, R. R.; Knecht, M. R.; Heinz, H.
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2013, 15, 5488-5492.
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP00135K

6. "Tailoring molecular specificity toward a crystals facet: a lesson from biorecognition toward Pt{111}"
Ruan, L. Y.; Ramezani-Dakhel, H.; Chiu, C. Y.; Zhu, E. B.; Li, Y. J.; Heinz, H.; Huang, Y.
Nano Lett. 2013, 13, 840-846.
DOI: 10.1021/nl400022g

5. "Thermodynamically Consistent Force Fields and Molecular Models for the Assembly of Inorganic, Organic, and Biological Hybrid Nanostructures: The INTERFACE Force Field"
Heinz, H.; Lin, T. Z.; Mishra, R. K.; Emami, F. S.
Langmuir 2013, 29, 1754-1765. Invited Feature Article and Cover (Feb 12).
DOI: 10.1021/la3038846

4. "Understanding the Effectiveness of Polycarboxylates as Grinding Aids"
Mishra, R. K.; Heinz, H.; Müller, T.; Zimmermann, J.; Flatt, R.
American Concrete Institute Symposium Series, Vol. 288, Malhotra, V., ed., 2012. Article
No 288.16, p. 235-251. ISBN 9781622766406. PDF

3. "Clay Minerals for Nanocomposites and Biotechnology: Surface Modification, Dynamics, and Responses to Stimuli"
Heinz, H.
Clay Miner. 2012, 47, 205-230. Invited script of George Brown Lecture.
DOI: 10.1180/claymin.2012.047.2.05

2. "Chemistry of Aqueous Silica Nanoparticle Surfaces and the Mechanism of Selective Peptide Adsorption"
Patwardhan, S. V.; Emami, F. S.; Berry, R. J.; Jones, S. E.; Naik, R. R.; Deschaume, O.; Heinz, H.; Perry, C. C.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 6244-6256.
DOI: 10.1021/ja211307u

1. "Influence of the Shape of Nanostructured Metal Surfaces on Adsorption of Single Peptides in Aqueous Solution"
Feng, J.; Slocik, J. M.; Sarikaya, M.; Naik, R. R.; Farmer, B. L.; Heinz, H.
Small 2012, 8, 1049-1059.
DOI: 10.1002/smll.201102066

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.

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