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

  • 2020 Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry
  • 2019 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship2018 Dirac MedalĀ 
  • 2018 Tom Ziegler Award
  • 2017-2018 Faculty of Science Killam Prize

Selected publications:

  • R. A. Mayo, E. R. Johnson, Improved Quantitative Crystal-Structure Comparison using Powder Diffractograms via Anisotropic Volume Correction, CrystEngComm 23, 7118-7131 (2021).
  • A. J. A. Price, K. R. Bryenton, E. R. Johnson, Requirements for an Accurate Dispersion-Corrected Density Functional, J. Chem. Phys. 154, 230902 (2021).
  • F. Kaadou, J. Maassen, E. R. Johnson, Improved Charge Transfer and Barrier Lowering across a Au-MoS2 Interface through Insertion of a Layered Ca2N Electride, J. Phys. Chem. C 125, 11656-11664 (2021).
  • X. Feng, A. D. Becke, E. R. Johnson, Theoretical Investigation of Polymorph- and Coformer-Dependent Photoluminescence in Molecular Crystals, CrystEngComm 23, 4264-4271 (2021).
  • A. Otero-de-la-Roza, L. M. LeBlanc, E. R. Johnson, What Is "Many-Body" Dispersion and Should I Worry About It?, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 22, 8266-8276 (2020).
  • L. M. LeBlanc, E. R. Johnson, Crystal-Energy Landscapes of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients Using Composite Approaches, CrystEngComm 21, 5995-6009 (2019).