• Michael’s work in collaboration with John Miao (UCLA) on monitoring nucleation and growth is accepted in Nature (April)
  • Congratulations to Amanda for her first author paper on metal ion adsorption and substitution in hydroxyapatite in Journal of Physical Chemistry C – and the upcoming journal cover!
  • Spring ACS meeting in Orlando – Polymer interphases symposium (PMSE)polymer_interphases_dinner
    (left to right: Peter Coveney, UCL; Luke Henderson, Deakin U; Sinan Keten, Northwestern U; Young Jong Kang, Hanyang U; Ahmed Ghobadi, P&G; Hilmar Koerner, AFRL; Russell Varley, Deakin U; Reinhold Dauskardt, Stanford U; Richard Vaia, AFRL; Jodie Lutkenhaus, Texas A&M U; Sameer Rahatekar, Cranfield U; Dhriti Nepal, AFRL; Catherin Brinson, Duke U; Hendrik Heinz, U Colorado, Michael Bockstaller, CMU)
  • Aerospace polymers symposium (POLY)aerospace_polymers_symposium_dinner
    (left to right: Witold Fuchs, USM; Luke Henderson, Deakin U; Jared Bates, USM; Hendrik Heinz, U Colorado; Gregory Odegard, Michigan Tech; Triet Nguyen-Beck, AFRL; Rajiv Berry, AFRL; Vikas Varshney, AFRL (back); Carla Reynolds, Boeing (middle); Sameer Rahatekar, Cranfield U (front); Dhriti Nepal, AFRL; Jeffrey Wiggins, USM (back); Michael Van Tooren, U South Carolina; Russell Varley, Deakin U; Debra Barnhardt, U Queensland (back); Andrea Browning, Schrodinger (middle); Virginia Davis, AUburn U (front); Peter Coveney, UCL; Theo Dingemans, UNC; Kenneth Caster, AFOSR)
  • Multiscale modeling panel (POLY)multiscale_modeling_panel


  • Juan’s work with Yu Huang and Jim De Yoreo on peptide nucleation on MoS2 is published in Science (December)
  • Hendrik receives CU Outstanding Mentor Award (with Juan Liu and Ryan Reeves)
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  • Congratulations to Tariq Jamil for his successful PhD defense! (August)
  • Group dinner downtown
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    (left to right: Amanda Garley, Lesli Mark, Juan Liu, Shiyi Wang, Samuel Hoff, Michael Nathanson, Joe Manning, Tariq Jamil, Krishan Kanhaiya, Hendrik Heinz, Mahdi Tavakol)
  • Welcome Joe Manning, visiting PhD student from University of Sheffield (UK) with an RSC research mobility grant
  • Yu Huang (UCLA), John Miao (UCLA), and Hendrik Heinz (team-lead) receive a Special Creativity Award from the National Science Foundation for outstanding progress in the Materials Genome Initiative (February)
  • Welcome Mahdi Tavakol, visiting PhD student and National Talent Scholar (January)
  • Invited seminar on multiscale modeling and mechanics of building materials at ETH Zurich (January)
  • Heinz team and Marialore Sulpizi (U Mainz) introduce the first polarizable and compatible model for metals (Nat. Comm.) (January)


  • Chandrani and Jake quantify CNT dispersion in solvents and polymer solutions (ACS Nano), Tg and shear strength of carbon nanotube/PAN composites (ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces) (December)
  • Invited talks in Singapore – A*Star, NTU, and NUS (November)
  • New $15m NASA Institute “US-COMP: Institute for Ultrastrong Composites by Computational Design” kicks off – our team will contribute to materials design for the Mars mission (October)
  • Ratan, Tariq, and friends publish the first cement force field database and receive multiple press releases (October)
  • Congratulations to Lesli Mark for receiving a GAANN fellowship (September)
  • Welcome to visiting PhD student Peiying Li from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Yuhei Hayamizu’s lab) (July-October)
  • Workshop lectures (AIPEA school for young scientists) and keynote talk on simulation of clay materials at the 16th ICC in Granada, Spain (July)
  • Plenary talk at Int. Conf. on Emerging Areas in Materials Engineering, Kerala, India (July)
  • Invited talks on Interface MD at CECAM workshop on bionano interfaces and at the Fritz-Haber Institute Berlin, Germany (June)
  • Krishan Kanhaiya delivers invited talk at ACS Green Chemistry conference
  • Keynote talk at Bilkent University’s Nanoday 2017 (May)
  • Key presentations on novel modeling of cement materials at SCS Freiburger Symposium (Fribourg, Switzerland) and Nanocem (Les Diablerets, Switzerland, May)
  • Several invited talks at TMS, Lonza AG, ACS, IEEE  (February, March)
  • Welcome to visiting PhD student Thomas Underwood from U Durham (Chris Greenwell’s lab) (January-February)


  • Lecture and tutorial on the Interface MD platform at the CECAM school on soft matter in Mainz, Germany (October)
  • Welcome to new PhD students Sam Hoff and Michael Nathanson (October)
  • Hendrik elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, mentioned in The Times (London), Oct 20, Issue
  • Plenary talk at the Swiss Chemical Society’s Annual Meeting for the 2016 Sandmeyer Award (September)
  • Plenary talk at the 5th Mediterranean Clay Meeting (September)
  • Prof. Yuhei Hayamizu from Tokyo Tech visits our lab to explore undergraduate/graduate student exchanges (August)
  • Dr. Tzu-Jen Lin, Heinz group PhD alumnus (2013) appointed Assistant Professor at Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan, starting August 1, 2016
  • Christopher Kirby works at the research center for biomaterials, CICBiomagune, in San Sebastian, Spain, as part of our NSF-EU project on nanomaterials safety (June-August)
  • Tariq Jamil earned the “Best Poster” award at the 5th World Congress on Materials Science & Engineering, held June 13-15 in Alicante, Spain
  • Welcome to new postdoc Dr. Juan Liu
  • Jacob Gissinger serves as an intern at NASA Langley Research Center (June-August)
  • Welcome to new postdocs Drs. Chamila Dharmawardhana, Nada Mehio, and Juan Liu (March-July)
  • Invited review on simulations of inorganic-(bio)organic interfaces for materials discovery appears in Chemical Society Reviews, Special Issue on Bioinspired Surfaces and Materials (January)

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Past memories .. Heinz group in 2009SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA
(left to right: Ratan Mishra, Yao-Tsung Fu, Jie Feng, Hendrik Heinz, Kshitij Jha, Rajiv Berry, Fateme Emami, Hua Liu)


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