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Biological Physics

Supramolecular Structures Lab
Lösche/Heinrich Group

Frank Heinrich




Universität Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
May 2005 Dissertation (Dr. rer. nat.) in physics


June 2005 – December 2005
Postdoctoral research scientist, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore January

2006 – 2008
Postdoctoral research scientist, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

2008 – present
Staff Member at the NIST Center for Neutron Research

2008 – 2011
Research Scientist at the CMU Dept. of Physics

2011 - present
Assistant Research Professor at the CMU Dept. of Physics




Research Support

Grant Number: 70NANB11H139
PI: Prof. Mathias Lösche
Period of support: 05/2013 – 04/2018
Funding source: Department of Commerce, MSE program

Title of grant:
Innovative Neutron Metrology for the Study of Biomembranes in Health and Disease.

Description of research goals:
This project is designed to push the limits of resolution in biophysical studies of artificial lipid membrane systems for biomedical research. Technical development implemented in the framework of the NCNR Expansion Initiative will enable a leap in our capabilities for structural characterization of such systems. To date, the NCNR is already among the world leaders in neutron reflection (NR) metrology for biomolecular, polymeric and magnetic thin films research. The design and commissioning of the revolutionary Chromatic Analysis Neutron Diffractometer Or Reflectometer (CANDOR) provides the basis for an enhancement of neutron flux further by about 2 orders of magnitude. Thereby, this new instrument will challenge the world’s most powerful NR instrumentation at ORNL-SNS and ILL (Grenoble). This proposal lays out a systematic plan to utilize these new capabilities in a decisive sector of application, i.e., biomedical research.