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

  • 2019 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship
  • 2018 Dirac Medal 
  • 2018 Tom Ziegler Award
  • 2017-2018 Faculty of Science Killam Prize

Selected publications:

  • L. M. LeBlanc, S. G. Dale, C. R. Taylor, A. D. Becke, G. M. Day, E. R. 
    Johnson, Pervasive delocalisation error causes spurious proton transfer 
    in organic acid‐base co‐crystals, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 57, 14906-14910 
  • S. G. Dale, E. R. Johnson, Theoretical descriptors of electrides, 
    J. Phys. Chem. A 122, 9371-9391 (2018).
  • E. Walters, M. Mohebifar, E. R. Johnson, C. N. Rowley, Evaluating the 
    London dispersion coefficients of protein force fields using the 
    exchange-hole dipole moment model, J. Phys. Chem. B 122, 6690-6701 (2018).
  • 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).