Robert Q. Topper

Professor of Chemistry


Curriculum Vitae

Our research is primarily in the areas of nanoscience, inorganic chemistry and physical chemistry, using computational and theoretical methods. Most, but not all, of our work has an environmental focus. We currently have a research grant for computing resources from Gridchem (GridChem CCG is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (grant 0438312)). The Gridchem grant gives my research students access to supercomputing facilities at other major universities in the USA. 

Current interests include the study of inorganic nanoparticles in the atmosphere; chemically-induced DNA damage by environmental mutagens (polyaromatic hydrocarbons and aromatic amines); structures and spectra of organometallic compounds; and reactivity trends in substituted bicyclic thioacetals. In these latter projects  we work collaboratively with experimental chemists to model the compounds that they synthesize in an effort to help better understand the relationships between structures, spectra and reactivity.

I teach freshman, junior, senior and graduate-level courses in general, physical, and inorganic chemistry, and coordinate the freshman general chemistry laboratory course (an introductory course in quantitative analysis). I also direct engineering students in independent research, including graduate students in chemical engineering.

In 2012, I was honored by my students for my teaching efforts and named to the 2012 Engineering Student Council's "Student's List." I was also similarly honored in 2009. Thanks! See here for more information:

I'm on LinkedIn, and you can also follow my research discussions on ResearchGate.