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Martin G. Zysmillich

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Office: Samson 306, Department of Chemistry
Phone: 202-944-4726

Martin G. Zysmilich received his undergraduate degree from the University of Buenos Aires and his Ph.D. in Biophysical Chemistry from Columbia University. He has worked as an associate instructor in the chemistry department at Columbia University and as a lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Zysmilich joined the Chemistry Department at GW in 2000 and since then has been in charge of the chemistry program for non-science majors, teaching two of the most highly populated courses at GW, Chem003 and Chem004. He also teaches in the University Honors Program and has been a member of the Honors Science Pro-Seminar Development Team. In recognition for his teaching achievements, he received the student-nominated Robert W. Kenny Prize for outstanding teaching innovation, creativity, and originality in teaching an introductory course in 2002, as well as a Bender Teaching Award for in 2003. In 2005, he was The George Washington University Nominee for the U.S. Professors of the Year Award, offered by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.Prof. Zysmilich has extensive experience in departmental, university and external service, participating as a member of the CCAS Undergraduate Studies Committee, a member of the Chemistry Program Assessment Committee, the American Chemical Society Examination Committee, the Health Professions Advisory Committee, and was selected as the GW Faculty Lecturer during the Alumni Travel Program "Expedition to Antarctica '09." He has also served as a freshman advisor, leader of a freshman pro-seminar, and CI advisor. He continues to serve as an advisor for chemistry majors and for first-year chemistry graduate students. Prof. Zysmilich has recently published the preliminary edition of his book "Over-the-counter Chemistry," Cognella, San Diego, 2010.

Honors Courses:

Honors General Chemistry
Honors Scientific Reasoning and Discovery Proseminar


Ph. D., Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Columbia University. Advisor: Ann E. McDermott. February 1997.
M. A. (May 1992) and M. Phil. (May 1995), Department of Chemistry, Columbia University.
B.S. and M.S., Physical Chemistry Major (Licenciatura en Ciencias Quimicas, orientacion Fisicoquimica). School of Exact and Natural Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. December 1990.

Selected Publications:

Zysmilich, M.G., "Over-the-Counter Chemistry," Cognella-University Readers, San Diego, CA 2010.

McDermott, A., Zysmilich, M. G., and Polenova, T., "Solid State NMR Studies of Photoinduced Nuclear Spin Polarization in Photosynthetic Reaction Centers: Mechanism and Simulations", Solid State Nucl Mag 11: (1-2) 21-47 Sp. Iss. SI MAR1998.

dos Santos Afonso, M., Di Risio, C., Zysmilich, M., Marques, R.O. and Blesa, M.A., "A Model of the Annealing and Activation of Dissolution Sites in Magnetite Exposed to (g + n) Radiation", Radiation Phys. and Chem. 1996, 48, 715-718.

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.

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., "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.