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Josef W. Zwanziger

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


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Department of Chemistry , Department of Physics & Atmospheric Science

Email: jzwanzig@dal.ca
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

  • Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in NMR Studies of Materials, 2003-present
  • Editor, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 2010-present
  • Dalhousie Innovation Award, 2007 and 2008
  • Editor, Journal of Physical Chemistry, 2003-2007

Selected publications

  • "Mixed Alkali Effect On Vickers Hardness And Cracking." A. Mohajerani and Josef. W. Zwanziger* (J. Non-Cryst. Solids., 2012, 358, 1474-1479).
  • "Structural Aspects Of The Photoelastic Response In Lead Borate Glasses." V. Martin, B. Wood, U. Werner-Zwanziger, and Josef W. Zwanziger* (J. Non-Cryst. Solids., 2011, 357, 2120-2125).
  • "Density-Operator Theory Of Orbital Magnetic Susceptibility In Periodic Insulators." X. Gonze, Josef W. Zwanziger* (Phys. Rev. B., 2011, 84, 64445-5).
  • "Computation Of Mössbauer Isomer Shifts From First Principles." Josef W. Zwanziger* (J. Phys.-Cond. Matt., 2009, 21, 15024-15036).
  • "Zero-Stress Optic Glass without Lead." M. Guignard, L. Albrecht, and Josef W. Zwanziger* (Chem. Mater., 2007, 19, 286-290).