Amy Heintz is a Battelle Technical Fellow. Her role is to lead projects in advanced materials development. Her role resides in the consumer industrial and medical technology business line, where she is the principal investigator on a portfolio of projects with clients from a range of markets.
Heintz has been a leader for two different Battelle science and technology initiatives: one in drug delivery devices and the other in advanced heaters for unmanned aerial vehicles. Both efforts resulted in revenue generation and successful maturation of technologies. She has six issued patents and 14 patents pending related to advanced materials and was named the 2016 Battelle Inventor of the Year. Heintz’s research focuses on phenomenon at dissimilar interfaces, specifically at organizing materials to tune adhesion, wetting and electron, phonon, or gas transport. Her team has generated novel nanoscale or multiscale topographies to create materials of immediate practical importance, such as coatings that promote foaming in nitrogenated beer. Generally, her research is applied to solve proprietary challenges of commercial customers.
Prior to coming to Battelle, Heintz graduated with highest honors and distinction with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and earned her doctorate in polymer science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where her research focused on synthetic and physical polymer chemistry.