Hendrik Heinz received his Ph.D. degree from ETH Zurich, carried out postdoctral work at the Air Force Research Laboratory, is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. His research focuses on the simulation of biomaterials and nanomaterials from the nanoscale to the microscale. He leads the development of the Interface force field and surface models for the simulation of compounds across the periodic table in high accuracy, including minerals, aloys, 2D materials, proteins, polymers. He received Special Creativity and Careers Awards from NSF, the Sandmeyer Award from the Swiss Chemical Society, and the Max Hey Medal from the Mineralogical Society. He held guest professorships at ETH Zurich, NIMS (Japan), and University of Paris.