Robert Q. Topper

Professor of Chemistry

Research Group Members and Alumni

Prof. Topper's Research Group Members and Research Alumni

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):
Poorna Datta, ChE [DNA damage]
Anna Joselle Lomboy
, ChE master's and undergrad [ammonium halide and nitrate nanoclusters]
Armaan Thapar, ChE master's [simulated annealing Monte Carlo simulation methods]

1993-2003 and 2009-present Group Alumni (Cooper Union):
Eugene Agichtein
, BSE [molecular clusters; global optimization] - Ph.D. Columbia (computer science). Currently at Emory Univ.
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] Graduate work at U of Minnesota. Currently at Northeastern U.
Christine Boelke
Denise Bergin
, ChE [grad Spartan-JMC; undergrad NH4Cl nanoclusters] M.Eng. Cooper Union; J.D. Univ. California-Berkeley
Christopher Briscoe, BSE [quantum steam tables]  - Ph.D. CUNY (physics). Currently at Iona College.
Michael Capuzzi, CE [bismuth] - graduate degrees from UC-Berkeley, MIT
Gerardo Cardone
, EE [bismuth] M.B.A. Northwestern
Abraham Chung, ChE [enantioselectivity]
Chuen Lam (Jim) Chan, BSE [reaction mechanisms - with Bove]. Working in industry.
Hiului Lana Chan, ChE [AAF-DNA] - Ph.D. Yale (chemical eng). Working in industry.
Kimberly Chung, ChE  [AAF-DNA and pHIP-DNA] - Ph.D. Delaware (biomedical eng). Currently at US Army - ARDEC.
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). Working in industry.
Alexandra M. Deaconescu , ChE [bismuth] - Ph.D. Rockefeller (biochemistry). Currently Assistant Professor at Brown Univ.
John de la Parra, Jr., BSE [bismuth] - Ph.D. Northeastern University (chemistry). Currently at the Rockefeller Foundation.
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]
Timothy Isgro, ChE [quantum steam tables, graduate student - AAF, ECCC8] M.E. Cooper Union;Ph.D. Illinois (physics). Currently working in industry.
Ryan Jaipersaud, ChE M.Eng. Cooper Union, 2020 [machine learning and statistical thermodynamics]. Currently working in industry.
Jo Kang, ChE [AAF]
Tina Kiang, ChE [AAF-DNA] Ph.D. Johns Hopkins (biomedical eng). Currently at the FDA.
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). Currently at MIT.
Joshua Kritzer, ChE [bismuth]Ph.D. Yale (chemistry). Currently at Tufts University.
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] Graduate student at Columbia Univ.
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. Currently at NIH.
Joseph Safdieh, CUSIP High School Research Intern [gas-phase SN2 reactions]
Ruben Savizky, ChE [reaction mechanisms - with Bove]Ph.D. Yale (chemistry); here at Cooper Union now!
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; quantum steam]

Erdos numbers 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. They are counted by the number of academic connectors which separate two people on the "family tree" of advisors, students and co-authors. Erdos was famous for his collaborations, which is why mathematicians like to calculate their own Erdos number.

As best as I can figure it, I have

  • an Erdos number of 4
  • a Dirac number of 4 (and as my students all know, I met Dirac and his wife once, as an undergrad)
  • an Einstein number of 5
  • a Feynman number of 4
  • a Pauling number of 5
  • a Bohr number of 4
  • a Schrodinger number of 4
  • a Lennard-Jones number of 4
  • a Sommerfeld number of 4
  • a G.N. Lewis number of 3
  • a K. Bloch number of 2
  • and a Karplus number of 2

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

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

Of course, everyone who has ever worked for me also has other connections. I am very proud to have learned from, worked with / for, and published with so many amazing researchers.