Erin R. Johnson

Professor, Herzberg-Becke Chair in Theoretical Chemistry


Related Information

Mailing Address: 
Department of Chemistry
Dalhousie University
6274 Coburg Road
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Theoretical chemistry
  • Computational chemistry
  • Quantum chemistry
  • Density functional theory
  • Intermolecular interactions
  • Physical chemistry
  • Materials


  • BSc: Carleton University
  • PhD: Queen's University
  • PDF: Duke University

Research interests:

Development and applications of density-functional theory for study of electronic structure. Current applications include non-covalent interactions, molecular crystals, layered solids, electrides, and organometallic complexes.

Selected awards and honours

  • 2018 Dirac Medal 
  • 2018 Tom Ziegler Award
  • 2017-2018 Faculty of Science Killam Prize

Selected publications:

  • A. D. Becke, S. G. Dale, E. R. Johnson, Correct charge transfer in CT 
    complexes from the Becke'05 density functional, J. Chem. Phys. 148, 
    211101 (2018).
  • S. G. Dale, A. Otero de la Roza, E. R. Johnson, Pressure-induced 
    isostructural antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic transition in an organic 
    electride, J. Phys. Chem. C 122, 12742-12747 (2018).
  • L. M. LeBlanc, A. Otero de la Roza, E. R. Johnson, Composite and 
    low-cost approaches for molecular crystal structure prediction, J. Chem. 
    Theory Comput. 14, 2265-2276 (2018).
  • M. S. Christian, E. R. Johnson, Effect of the metal substrate on 
    interlayer interactions in bilayer graphene, J. Phys. Chem. C 122, 
    8910-8918 (2018).
  • S. R. Whittleton, A. Otero de la Roza, E. R. Johnson, The exchange-hole 
    dipole dispersion model for accurate energy ranking in molecular crystal 
    structure prediction II: Non-planar molecules, J. Chem. Theory Comput. 
    13, 5332–5342 (2017)