• Welcome Joe Manning, visiting PhD student from UK with an RSC research mobility grant
  • Huang (UCLA), Miao (UCLA), and Heinz (team-lead) receive a rare Special Creativity Award from the National Science Foundation for outstanding progress in the Materials Genome Initiative (February)
  • Welcome Mahdi Tavakol, visiting PhD student from Iran and National Talent Scholar (January)
  • Heinz delivers invited seminar on multiscale modeling and mechanics of building materials at ETH Zurich (January)
  • Isidro, Hadi, Tariq, 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 Heinz 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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