Dr. Bettina Heinz has considerable background in everything related to chemistry. She taught courses in general chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, forensic chemistry, medical chemistry, astrochemistry as well as technological chemistry; published 5 educational works, developed lab-manuals, hosted and developed chemical conferences and took part in many workshops and scientific meetings.
She has experience in translating technological texts for various companies (English/German) and scientific interviews for television. She developed an award winning television/online course with the telecommunications department of Palomar College in San Marcos (San Diego County). She wrote scientific articles as main co-author in organic chemistry review articles, Houben-Weyl on Benzodiazepines, Advances of Heterocyclic Chemistry on Thietanes and others. She published articles in her original research field on prebiotic chemistry (molecular evolution), Pteridines/Flavins, and micropaleontology along with research associates. The sites of her professional background were Germany, United States and Malaysia with Universities, Colleges and technical vocational schools.
Her knowledge of applied physical analytical and modern synthetic methods is up to date.
She also appreciates the everyday, consumer-type science questions in addition to issues pertaining to education.
She has a keen, continuous interest in science, loves to do back-up research on a daily basis, keeping an open, un-biased mind. She continues self-directed study in the fields of plant-physiology, animal physiology, microbiology, embryology, genetics and theoretical medicine by rigorously studying professional texts and journals.
She toyed with the idea of becoming an expert witness for the judicial system, since many interesting chemical connections are involved in legal matters (see “toxic lady” case in Riverside, CA and fly-lab chemicals implicated in a professor’s lethal blood disease, Palomar College, CA), but at the time these plans are still uncertain.
By illustrating her educational scientific texts herself and executing molecular paintings for art’s sake, she receives a better understanding of the intricate working of the physical and chemical worlds.
In conclusion, Dr. Bettina Heinz loves to think analytically, but also intuitively, to solve the most convoluted, intricate problems, if possible. She considers herself a “chemical Miss Marple”.