Martín G. Zysmilich

Martín G. Zysmilich

Associate Professor
Faculty: Associate
SEH 4850
Address: Science and Engineering Hall
800 22nd St. NW
Washington, District Of Columbia
Phone: 202-994-4726

Areas of Expertise

  • Chemical Education

Prof. Zysmilich joined the Faculty in September 2000 and in the fall semester of 2001 he overtook the chemistry education program for non-science majors. Since then, he dramatically modified the curricula for the Contemporary Science for Non-Science Majors courses, Chem 003 and 004. The successful modernization of these two courses has made Prof. Zysmilich the recipient of the student-nominated 2002 Robert W. Kenny Prize, as well as the 2003 Bender Teaching Award. Prof. Zysmilich developed and taught the first distance online chemistry course offered by the Chemistry Department at GW. His teaching responsibilities also include the Honor General Chemistry courses, Honr 033 and 034, and the General Chemistry courses Chem 011 and 012 during the summer sessions. He also acts as an undergraduate advisor for Chemistry majors.


M.S., 1990, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ph.D., 1997, Columbia University, New York

Dr. Zysmilich received his Master of Science Degree (Licenciatura en Ciencias Químicas) from Universidad de Buenos Aires in 1990 and his Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from Columbia University in 1997. From 1997 to 2000, he served as a lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


  • Zysmilich, M. G. and McDermott, A., "Photochemically Induced Dynamic Nuclear Polarization in the Solid-State 15N Spectra of Reaction Centers from Photosynthetic Bacteria Rhodobacter sphaeroides R-26", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1994, 116, 8362-8363.
  • Zysmilich, M. G. and McDermott, A., "Photochemically Induced Nuclear Spin Polarization in Bacterial Photosynthetic Reaction Centers: Assignments of the 15N SSNMR Spectra", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1996, 118, 5867-5873.
  • Zysmilich, M. G. and McDermott, A., "Natural Abundance Solid State Carbon NMR studies of Photosynthetic Reaction Centers with Photoinduced Polarization", Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 1996, 93, 6857-6860.
  • dos Santos Afonso, M., Di Risio, C., Zysmilich, M., Marqués, R.O. and Blesa, M.A., "A Model of the Annealing and Activation of Dissolution Sites in Magnetite Exposed to (gamma + n) Radiation", Radiation Phys. and Chem. 1996, 48, 715-718.
  • McDermott, A., Zysmilich, M.G., and Polenova, T.E., "Solid-State NMR Studies of Photoinduced Polarization in Photosynthetic Reaction Centers: Mechanism and Simulations. " Solid State NMR, 1998, 11,  21-47.