Josef W. Zwanziger

Professor, Canada Research Chair in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Studies of Materials


Related information

Department of Chemistry , Department of Physics & Atmospheric Science

Phone: 902-494-1960
Mailing Address: 
Department of Chemistry
Dalhousie University
6274 Coburg Road
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Materials
  • Physical chemistry
  • Computational chemistry
  • Theoretical chemistry
  • Glass
  • Opto-mechanical effects
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance
  • Density functional theory


  • BA, University of Chicago
  • PhD, Cornell University
  • PDF, University of California at Berkeley

Research interests

We are interested in the development of new glassy materials for application in optical instruments and construction. We use a combination of experimental, computational, and theoretical approaches to understand glass structure and environmental response.

Selected awards and honours

Selected publications

  • ¬†Elasto-optic coefficients of borate, phosphate and silicate glasses: determination by Brillouin spectroscopy, J Galbraith, L Chapman, JW Zwanziger, M Aldridge, J Kieffer, J. Phys. Chem. C 120,
    21802-21810 (2016).
  • Mechanical-Structural Investigation of Ion-Exchanged Lithium Silicate Glass using Micro-Raman Spectroscopy, C Calahoo, JW Zwanziger, IS Butler, J. Phys. Chem. C 120, 7213-7232 (2016).
  • Recent developments in the ABINIT software package, X Gonze, JW Zwanziger, et al., Comput. Phys. Commun. 205, 106-131 (2016).
  • Relating 139La Quadrupolar Coupling Constants to Polyhedral Distortion in Crystalline Structures, A Paterson, M Hanson, U Werner-Zwanziger, JW Zwanziger, J. Phys. Chem. C 119, 25508-25517 (2015).
  • Temperature dependent lattice misfit and coherency of Al3X (X = Sc, Zr, Ti and Nb) particles in an Al matrix, S Saha, T Todorova, JW Zwanziger, Acta Mater. 89, 109-115 (2015).