Josef W. Zwanziger

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


Related information

Phone: 902-494-1960
Mailing Address: 
Department of Chemistry
Dalhousie University
6243 Alumni Crescent
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

  • Varshneya Frontiers of Glass Science Award from the American Ceramics
    Society, 2019
  • E. W. R. Steacie Award from the Canadian Society for Chemistry, 2018
  • John C. Polanyi Award from the Canadian Society for Chemistry , 2017
  • 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

  • Anisotropic stress in laser-written LaBGeO5 glass-ceramic
    composites, A Paterson, JW Zwanziger, J. Appl. Phys. 124, 083106-
  • Short-range Structure of TeO2 Glass, MG Nagendrachar, U
    Werner-Zwanziger, JW Zwanziger, A DeCeanne, B Hauke, K Bozer, SA
    Feller, J. Phys. Chem. C 121, 28117-28124 (2017).
  • 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).