Research

Education                                                                                                                    

Postdoctoral Research: Pharmaceutical Solids
School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. December 2009-2012.
Advisor: Dr. Lian Yu

Ph.D., Chemistry: Polycrystalline Pattern Formation in Organic Small Molecules
Department of Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. August 2004 – June 2009.
Advisor: Dr. Bart Kahr

B.S., Chemistry: Use of Ruthenium Bipyridyl Complexes in Organic Light Emitting Diodes
Department of Chemistry, Simmons College, Boston, MA. Sept 2000 – May 2004
Degree granted magna cum laude. Minors: physics, math

 

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 Roles:

Assistant Professor (with research component), Simmons College, Boston, MA (2012 – 2015)

PhRMA Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (2009-2011)

Ph.D. Research Student, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2004-2009)

Research Assistant, X-ray facility, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2005-2006)

Student Research Assistant, Simmons College Women in Materials Program (2001- 2004)

Research Intern, EGS Gauging, Inc. Billerica MA (summer 2003)

Undergraduate Research Fellow, Department of Materials Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (summer 2002)

Biology Laboratory Technician, Simmons College Biology Lab (2000 – 2004)

Chemistry Laboratory Technician, Simmons College Chemistry department (2002 – 2004)

 

Publications

Jillian L. Goldfarb, Li Buessing, Erica Gunn, Melissa Lever, Alex Billias, Esteve Casoliba, Andrea Schievano. An integrated biorefinery concept for olive mill waste management. Part II: Activated carbons from supercritical CO2 extracted olive stones, Green Chemistry, 2015, submitted.

Charles Powell, Hanmi Xi, Ye Sun, Erica Gunn, Yinshan Chen, Mark Ediger, Lian Yu. Fast Crystal Growth in o-Terphenyl Glasses: A Possible Role for Fracture and Surface Mobility. J. Phys. Chem. B, 2015, 2015, 119(31), 10124-30.

Mariko Hasebe, Daniele Musumeci, C. Travis Powell, Ting Cai, Erica Gunn, Lei Zhu, and Lian Yu. Fast Surface Crystal Growth on Molecular Glasses and Its Termination by the Onset of Fluidity. J. Phys. Chem. B, 2014118 (27), pp 7638–7646

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

Travis Powell, Ting Cai, Mariko Hasebe, Erica M. Gunn, Ping Gao, Geoff 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.

Alexander G. Shtukenberg, Xiaoyan Cui, John Freudenthal, Erica Gunn, Eric Camp, Bart Kahr. Twisted Mannitol Crystals Establish Homologous Growth Mechanisms for High-Polymer and Small-Molecule Ring-Banded Spherulites. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012134, 6354-6364.

Ye Sun, Lei Zhu, Tian Wu, Ting Cai, Erica Gunn, Lian Yu. Stability of Amorphous Pharmaceutical Solids: Crystal Growth Mechanisms and Effect of Polymer Additives. AAPS Journal, 201214, 380-388.  Invited review.

Erica Gunn, Ilia Guzei, Ting Cai, Lian Yu. Polymorphism of Nifedipine: Crystal Structure and Reversible Transition of the Metastable β Polymorph. Cryst. Growth Des.2012, 12 (4), pp 2037–2043.

Alexander Shtukenberg, Yuri Punin, Erica Gunn, Bart Kahr. Spherulites. Chem. Rev. 2012112, 1805–1838.

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. 201111, 3979–3984.

Ilia A. Guzei, Erica Gunn, Lara C. Spencer, Jennifer Schomaker, Jared W. Rigoli. Polymorphism of 5-(Pyridin-2-yl-methylene)-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.

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

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

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

 

Abstracts:

Kristela Vulaj, Erica Gunn. Characterization of Dye Binding and Incorporation into the Pharmaceutical Drug Acetaminophen. Simmons College Undergraduate Research Symposium, April 2013

Erica Gunn, Hanmi Xi, Ilia Guzei, Ye Sun, Nate Goldstein, and Lian Yu. Properties of Crystals Grown from an Organic Glass in Diffusionless Mode. David J. W. Grant Symposium, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, June 2010

Jason B. Benedict, Charles Branham, Erica Gunn, Ryan Sours, Jillian Thayer, Bart Kahr. Growth and Structure of Helically Twisted, Spherical Crystals. UW STC conference, Feb 2005

Tania M. Cabrera, Christina P. Brennan, Becca J. Berry, Ashley M. Johnson, Erica M. Gunn, Richard W.  Gurney. Templating calcium oxalate monohydrate for in-situ crystal growth studies.  Abstracts of Papers, 229th ACS National Meeting, San Diego March 13-17, 2005

Velda Goldberg, Michael Kaplan, Leonard Soltzberg,  Joseph Genevich, Rebecca Berry,  Alma Bukhari, Sherina Chan, Megan Damour,  Leigh Friguglietti, Erica Gunn, Karen Ho,  Ashley Johnson, Yin Yin Lin,  Alisabet Lowenthal, Seiyam Suth,  Regina To,  Regina Yopak, Jason D. Slinker, George G. Malliaras,  Samuel Flores-Torres, Hector D.  Abruna. Degradation of Ru(bpy)32+-based OLEDs.    Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, (2005) 846(Organic and Nanocomposite Optical Materials), 301-306.

Velda Goldberg, Michael Kaplan, Leonard Soltzberg,  Joseph Genevich,  Emily Coombs, Erica Giacomozzi*, Valarie Kwasnik,  Samia Naeem, Eleana Pham,  George Malliaras.  Current-induced degradation in polythiophene.  Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings  (2002) 734(Polymer/Metal Interfaces and Defect Mediated Phenomena in Ordered Polymers),  219-224.

Goldberg, M. Kaplan, L. Soltzberg, J. Genevich, T. Andelman, E. Coombs, E. Giacomozzi*, V. Kwasnik, S. Naeem, and E. Pham. College / University Collaborative Research in Optoelectronics -Women in Materials. National Conference of the Council on Undergraduate Research, Connecticut College, June 21, 2002.

*Maiden name

 

Speaking/Presentations

Panel member, New England Institute of Chemists Annual Student Awards Dinner, April 2014.

Using Clickers in the Classroom, Simmons College Enhancing Teaching with Technology Day, Nov 2013.

Panel member, Harvard Postdoctoral Association Faculty Panel, Nov 2012.

Does Crystal Density Control Fast Surface Crystal Growth in Glasses? A Study with Polymorphs. Erica Gunn and Lian Yu. Midwest Organic Solid State Chemistry Symposium, Eastern Illinois University, June 2011.

Polymorphs from the melt: growing single crystals for x-ray diffraction. Erica Gunn, Ilia Guzei, Lian Yu. Invited talk, Bruker Area Users Conference, Sept 2011.

Guest lecturer,  Pharmaceutical Solids, University of Wisconsin, Madison (Spring 2010)

Introductory Organic Chemistry, University of Washington,  Chem 142 (Fall 2008)

Introduction to Nanotechnology, North Seattle Community College (Winter 2008)           

Honors Organic Chemistry, University of Washington,  Chem 337 (Spring 2007)

Introductory Organic Chemistry, University of Washington, Chem 224 (Winter 2007)

Invited speaker, Simmons College Honors Symposium (2004)

 

Electronic Publications

Cass, M. E.; Grice, K. A.; Gunn, E.; Habgood, L. G.; Madrahimov, S. T.; Rossiter, C. S. Utilizing the PDB and HSAB theory to understand metal specificity in trafficking proteins. Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource, www.ionicviper.org. Published 7/17/2014.

Cass, M. E.; Grice, K. A.; Gunn, E.; Habgood, L. G.; Madrahimov, S. T.; Rossiter, C. S. Literature Discussion of “Mechanisms Controlling the Cellular Metal Economy”. Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource, www.ionicviper.org. Published 7/17/2014.

Gunn, E. “Structure and Properties of the Alums.” Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource, www.ionicviper.org. Published 7/21/2014.

Gunn, E. “The Color and Electronic Configurations of Prussian Blue.” Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource, www.ionicviper.org. Published 1/5/2015.

Gunn, E. “Visualization of Zeolite Structure.” Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource, www.ionicviper.org. Published 1/6/2015.

Gunn, E. “Zeolite Synthesis.” Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource, www.ionicviper.org. Published 1/6/2015.

Gunn, E. “Cobalt-Ammine complexes and theories of bonding in metals.” Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource, www.ionicviper.org. Published 1/12/2015.

Gunn, E. “Preparation of a Ferrofluid.” Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource, www.ionicviper.org. Published 1/6/2015.