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Erica Gunn

Erica Gunn
Assistant Professor


Postdoctoral research: Pharmaceutical Solids
School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin, Madison 2009-2011

Doctor of Philosophy: Polycrystalline Pattern Formation in Organic Small Molecules
Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle 2004-2009

Bachelor of Science: Use of Ruthenium Bipyridyl Complexes in Organic Light Emitting Diodes
Chemistry, Simmons College, Boston 2000-2004

Academic Honors and Awards 

PhRMA Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010-2012)
Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy Graduate Teaching Fellowship (2008-2009)
UW Chemistry Department Outstanding Teaching Award (2004-2005)
Schomaker Graduate Student Fellowship (2004-2005)
Simmons College Honors program (with attendant fellowship) (2000-2004)

Research interests

Organic solid state chemistry (crystal growth, polymorphism, habit control, phase transformation, amorphous
pharmaceutical solids), biomimetics, scholarship of teaching and learning


Erica Gunn. Using Clickers to Collect Formative Feedback on Teaching:  A Tool for Faculty Development. Int. J. Schol. Teach. Learn. (2014) 8, 11.

C. Travis Powell, Ting Cai, Mariko Hasebe, Erica M. Gunn, Ping Gao, Geo0 Zhang,
Yuchuan Gong,Lian Yu. Low-Concentration Polymers Inhibit and Accelerate Crystal Growth
in Organic Glasses in Correlation with Segmental Mobility. J. Phys. Chem. B (2013) 117, 10334-10341.

Erica Gunn, Ilia Guzei, Ting Cai, Lian Yu. Polymorphism of Nifedipine: Crystal Structure and Reversible Transition of the Metastable ß Polymorph. Cryst. Growth Des. (2012) 12, 2037.

Alexander G. Shtukenberg, Xiaoyan Cui, John Freudenthal, Erica Gunn, Eric Camp, and Bart Kahr. Twisted Mannitol Crystals Establish Homologous Growth Mechanisms for High-polymer and Small-Molecule Ring-Banded Spherulies. J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2012) 134, 6354.

Alexander Shtukenberg, Yuri Punin, Erica Gunn, Bart Kahr. Spherulites. Chem Rev. (2012) 112, 1805.

Alexander Shtukenberg, John Freudenthal, Erica Gunn, Lian Yu, Bart Kahr. Glass-crystal growth mode for testosterone proprionate. Cryst. Growth Des. (2011), 11, 4458—4462.

Erica Gunn, Ilia Guzei, Lian Yu. Does Crystal Density Control Fast Surface Crystal Growth in Glasses? A Study with Polymorphs. Cryst. Growth Des. (2011), 11, 3979—3984.

Ilia A. Guzei, Erica Gunn, Lara C. Spencer, Jennifer Schomaker, Jared W. Rigoli. Polymorphism of 5-(Pyridin-2-ylmethylene)-3-phenyl-2-methylthio-3,5-dihydro-4H-imidazole-4-one. CrystEngComm (2011) 13 (10), 3444 — 3450.

Bart Kahr, Alexander Shtukenberg, Erica Gunn, Damien J. Carter, Andrew L. Rohl. Controlling Mesoscale Crystal Helicity with Additives, Again. Cryst. Growth Des. (2011) 12, 2070-2073.

Alexander Shtukenberg, Erica Gunn, Massimo Gazzano, John Freudenthal, Eric Camp, Ryan Sours, Bart Kahr. Bernauer's Bands (invited article), ChemPhysChem (2011) 12, 1558-1571.

Bart Kahr, John H. Freudenthal, Erica Gunn, Crystals in light. Accounts of Chemical Research, (2010), 43, 684-692.

Erica Gunn, Liana Wong, Charles W. Branham, Brian Marquardt, Bart Kahr. Extinction Mapping of Polycrystalline Patterns. CrystEngComm, (2011) 13, 1123-1126.

Werner Kaminsky, Erica Gunn, Ryan Sours, Bart Kahr. Simultaneous false-colour imaging of birefringence, extinction and transmittance at camera speed. Journal of Microscopy, (2007) 228(2), 153—164

Karine Valliant-Saunders, Erica Gunn, G. Robert Shelton, David A. Hrovat, Weston Thatcher Borden, James M.Mayer. Oxidation of Tertiary Silanes by Osmium Tetroxide. Inorganic Chemistry (2007) 46(13), 5212-5219.

Erica Gunn, Ryan Sours, Jason B. Benedict, Werner Kaminsky, Bart Kahr. Mesoscale Chiroptics of Rhythmic Precipitates. Journal of the American Chemical Society, (2006) 128(44), 14234-14235.

Deepak Shah, Pralay Maiti, Erica Gunn, Daniel F. Schmidt, David D. Jiang, Carl A. Batt, Emmanuel P. Giannelis. Dramatic enhancements in toughness of polyvinylidene fluoride nanocomposites via nanoclay-directed crystal structure and morphology. Advanced Materials (Weinheim, Germany), (2004) 16(14), 1173-1177.

Selma Bektesevic, Julie C. Beier, Liang Chen, Nicolas Eghbali, Stephanie King, Galit Levitin, Geeta Mehta, Richard J.Mullins, Jessica L. Reiner, Songwen Xie and Erica Gunn, Green Challenges: Student Perspectives from the 2004 ACS-PRF Summer School on Green Chemistry. Green Chemistry, (2005) 7, 403 - 407