Martín G. Zysmilich

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Martín G. Zysmilich

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Deputy Chair of the Department of Chemistry, Director of Graduate Studies


Office Phone: (202) 994-4726
800 22nd St. NW Washington DC 20052

Professor Zysmilich serves as Deputy Chair of the Chemistry department, assisting the Chair, Prof. Cahill, with the daily academic and administrative affairs of the department. He also serves as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Chemistry Department, as a member of the CCAS Graduate Affairs Committee, as well as the Student Discrimination Report Committee. He also participated as a facilitator in the Summer 2022 ACS New Faculty Workshop. 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. 

Chemical Education

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.

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).

GW All Access: Martín Zysmilich of CCAS

Professor Zysmilich was featured in an article that discussed, valuable lessons learned during the pandemic. "Chemistry professor says some techniques from virtual learning should remain in place whenever classes convene in person again."