Currently on sabbatical at New York University
Prof. Topper is a theoretical chemist. His research is primarily in the areas of nanoscience, inorganic chemistry, and physical chemistry using computational and theoretical methods. Most, but not all, of his work has an environmental focus. Current interests include the formation of inorganic nanoparticles in polluted marine atmospheres, reactivity trends in substituted bicyclic thioacetals, and applications of machine learning in biophysical chemistry. He has also worked extensively on transport theory, nonlinear dynamics, materials simulations, Feynman path-integral quantum thermodynamics of high-temperature gases, and chemically-induced DNA damage by environmental mutagens (polyaromatic hydrocarbons and aromatic amines).
Together with his students and colleagues, he has published 46 peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts, and learning objects and 4 book chapters, organized 5 international scientific conferences, and given 19 invited seminars at colleges, universities, conferences, and high schools. His group currently has a research grant for computing resources from Gridchem (sponsored by the National Science Foundation, grant #0438312).
Prof. Topper teaches freshman, junior, senior and graduate-level courses in general, physical, and inorganic chemistry. He is the faculty coordinator for Ch 111, the freshman general chemistry laboratory course (an introductory course in quantitative analysis). He also directs engineering students in independent research, including graduate students in chemical engineering.
In 2009 and again in 2012, he was honored by Cooper Union's students when he was named to the Engineering Student Council's "Student's List." http://pioneer.cooper.edu/2013/03/04/students-list-list-professors/