Robert Q. Topper

Professor of Chemistry

Research Group Members and Alumni

Prof. Topper's Research Group Members and Research Alumni (still a work in progress!)

Here's my link to the Chemistry Tree. 
If you're not on here and you want to be, let me know...

Current Group Members (Cooper Union):
Anna Josie Lomboy, ChE [ammonium fluoride nanoclusters]  

1993-2003 and 2009-present Group Alumni (Cooper Union):
Eugene Agichtein
, BSE [molecular clusters; global optimization] - Ph.D. Columbia (computer science)
Miguel Amat, ChE [bismuth]Ph.D. U. Mass-Amherst (chemical eng)
Jane Atkinson Gajwani, ChE [sulfide chemistry]. M.Eng. Cooper Union.
Garrett Bauer
, ChE [grad student SPARTAN-JMC, ECCC9, bismuth nanoclusters]
Jean Barmash, BSE [global optimization] Graduate work at NYU.
John BiswakarmaBSE [ammonium sulfate and bromide nanoclusters] Currently at U of Minnesota.
Christine Boelke
Denise Bergin
, ChE [grad Spartan-JMC; undergrad NH4Cl nanoclusters] M.Eng. Cooper Union;- J.D. Berkeley
Christopher Briscoe , BSE [quantum steam tables]  - Ph.D. CUNY (physics)
Michael Capuzzi, CE [bismuth] - graduate degrees from UC-Berkeley, MIT
Gerardo Cardone
, EE [bismuth] M.B.A. Northwestern
Abraham Chung, ChE [enantioselectivity]
Chuen Lam (Jimmy) Chan, ChE [reaction mechanisms - with Bove]
Hiului Lana Chan, ChE [AAF-DNA] - Ph.D. Yale (chemical eng)
Kimberly Chung, ChE  [AAF-DNA and pHIP-DNA] - Ph.D. Delaware (biomedical eng)
Vlad CiocoiChE [graduate student, AAF-DNAfluoride nanoclusters ugrad] M.Eng. Cooper Union
Dominic Coluccio, BSE [bismuth; ECCC7] M.S. NYU (computer sci); M.S. NYU (mathematics - finance)
Alexandra M. Deaconescu , ChE [bismuth] - Ph.D. Rockefeller (biochemistry)
John de la Parra, Jr., BSE [bismuth] - currently at Northeastern University
Kunmi Demuren, ChE [bismuth] - M.Eng, Cooper Union
Leonid Grinberg, ChE [As/Sb/Bi clusters; global opt] M.Eng. Cooper Union
Raquibul Hannan, NYU Chemistry [AAF-DNA] M.D./Ph.D. SUNY Downstate
George Ho, EE [ammonium halide nanoparticles]
Tim Isgro, ChE [quantum steam tables, graduate student - AAF, ECCC8] M.E. Cooper Union;Ph.D. Illinois (physics)
Jo Kang, ChE [AAF]
Tina Kiang, ChE [AAF-DNA] Ph.D. Johns Hopkins (biomedical eng)
Joseph Kirtland, ChE [quantum steam tables, ECCC8] Ph.D. Cornell (physics) 
Rachel KlarChE [ammonium halide nanoparticles] 
Heather Kulik, ChE [environmental carcinogens]Ph.D. MIT (materials eng)
Joshua Kritzer, ChE [bismuth]Ph.D. Yale (chemistry)
Keirnan LaMarche, ChE [bismuth; Monte Carlo methods] Ph.D. Rutgers (chemical eng)
Thomas Larrabee, ChE [computing - with Bove]Ph.D. Penn State (chemistry)
Brice Lee, ChE [enantioselectivity]
Keon Lee,
ChE [bismuth]
Darren Louie, ChE [environmental carcinogens and toxins] Master's degrees from NYU, Pacific College.
Isaac Markus, ChE [NH4Cl nanoclusters; global optimization] Ph.D. U-C Berkeley (materials engineering) 
Sally Mikhail, ME [bismuth] Ph.D. Ohio State (physics)
Anthony Mrockzowski, BSE [bismuth]Ph.D. Columbia (physics)
Jodie Mueller, ChE [NH4Cl] 
Kenneth Mui, ChE [bismuth, ECCC8, ECCC9] M.Eng. Cooper Union
Steven Neuhaus, ChE [graduate student-nanomaterials]
Vijay Raj, ChE [AAF and FAAF] Currently at Rowan University (medical)
Niny Z. Rao, ChE [AMBER]Ph.D. Florida State U. (chemistry) 
Loni Rodriguez, ChE [environmental carcinogens]  DDS SUNY-Buffalo
Antonina Roll-Mecak, ChE [materials]  Ph.D. Rockefeller
Joseph Safdieh, CUSIP High School Research Intern [gas-phase SN2 reactions]
Ruben Savizky, ChE [reaction mechanisms - with Bove]Ph.D. Yale (chemistry)
Saimon Sharif, ChE [neurotransmitters]
Andrew Sweeney, ChE [acid rain]
Paul Sweeney, ChE [NH4Cl nanoclusters; global optimization] M.D. Tufts
Daniel To, ChE [environmental carcinogens] Ph.D. NJIT (chemical eng)
Francis Torres, ChE  [NH4Cl; water; global opt methods]
Guowei Yu, ChE [global opt methods]  M.Eng. Rutgers University
Wentao Zhang, ChE [enantioselectivity]  

2003-2009 Group Alumni (Monmouth University)
John Brown
Chemistry [AAF and FAAF] M.D.
Nihal Dayal,
REAP Summer High School Research Intern [AAF and FAAF] 
William Feldmann,
Chemistry / Chemical Physics [NH4Cl nanoclusters] Currently at Stevens Inst. of Tech.
Nikhil Jain,
Biology [AAF and FAAF]  M.D./M.B.A. (Drexel)
Mourin (Khaleel) Thomas,
Biology [AAF and FAAF]  J.D. (Drexel)
Grace Lee,
REAP Summer High School Research Intern [NH4Cl nanoclusters]
Andrea Leotti,
Chemistry [AAF]
Jared Pienkos,
Chemistry, Hamilton College [HF clusters] Ph.D. U of Virginia (chemistry)
George Roesch, Chemistry [AAF]
Catharine Russamano, Mathematics [NH4Cl]

1990-1992 (University of Minnesota)
Destin Jumelle y Picokens, NIH High School Research Intern [molecular modeling]

Erdos numbers and so forth are kind of fun. They show the continuity of intellectual development through math, physics, chemistry, computer science and engineering. You can also find numbers linking you to other scientists and form a "Dirac number" and so forth.

Microsoft Academic says that I have:

  • an Erdos number of 4
  • a Dirac number of 4 (and as my students all know, I met Dirac once as an undergrad)
  • an Einstein number of 5
  • a Feynman number of 4
  • a Pauling number of 5
  • and a Schrodinger number of 5.

So if you have ever published a paper with me, you have an Erdos number of no greater than 5.

This is a fascinating video explaining that imaginary Erdos numbers are possible. Those wacky mathematicians!