Robert Q. Topper

Professor of Chemistry

Research Group Members and Alumni

Prof. Topper's Research Group Members and Research Alumni

Current Group Members (Cooper Union):
Anna Konvicka, EE [undergrad, stochastic process simulation and optimization]
Armaan Thapar, ChE [grad student, simulated annealing Monte Carlo simulation methods]

1993-2003 and 2009-present Group Alumni (Cooper Union):

Graduate Researchers at Cooper Union

  1. Garrett Bauer, ChE [grad student, Spartan-JMC, ECCC9, and bismuth nanoclusters]
  2. Denise Bergin, ChE [grad student, Spartan-JMC; undergrad NH4Cl nanoclusters] M.Eng. Cooper Union; J.D. Univ. California - Berkeley. Working in industry.
  3. Vlad Ciocoi, ChE [grad student, AAF-DNA; undergrad fluoride nanoclusters] M.Eng.Cooper Union. Working in industry. 
  4. Timothy IsgroChE [grad student - AAF, ECCC8; ugrad quantum steam tables] M.E. Cooper Union; Ph.D. Illinois (physics). Working in industry.
  5. Ryan Jaipersaud, ChE. M.Eng. Cooper Union 2020 [machine learning and statistical thermodynamics]. Working in industry.
  6. Joseph Kirtland, ChE [ugrad and grad, quantum steam tables, ECCC8] Ph.D. Cornell (physics) . Assoc Professor at Alfred Univ. (physics)
  7. Anna Joselle Lomboy, ChE [solvated ammonium nitrate nanoclusters; ammonium fluoride clusters]. M.Eng. Cooper Union. Working in industry.
  8. Steven NeuhausChE [nanomaterials; jointly with Marcus Lay]. Currently PhD student at University of Pennsylvania (chem eng).

Undergraduate Researchers at Cooper Union

  1. Eugene Agichtein, BSE [molecular clusters; global optimization] 
  2. Miguel Amat, ChE [bismuth]Ph.D. U. Mass-Amherst (chemical eng)
  3. Jane Atkinson Gajwani, ChE [sulfide chemistry]. M.Eng. Cooper Union.
  4. Jean Barmash, BSE [global optimization] Graduate work at NYU.
  5. John BiswakarmaBSE [ammonium sulfate and bromide nanoclusters]. Currently PhD student at Northeastern U (chem eng).
  6. Christine Boelke, ChE [AAF-DNA and BAP-DNA]
  7. Christopher Briscoe, BSE [quantum steam tables]  Ph.D. CUNY (physics). Currently Assist Prof at Iona College.
  8. Michael Capuzzi, CE [bismuth] - M,S, UC-Berkeley, MBA and MS, MIT. Working in industry.
  9. Gerardo Cardone, EE [bismuth] M.B.A. Northwestern. Working in industry.
  10. Abraham Chung, ChE [enantioselectivity]. Working in industry.
  11. Chuen Lam (Jim) Chan, BSE [reaction mechanisms - with Bove]. Working in industry.
  12. Hiului Lana Chan, ChE [AAF-DNA]Ph.D. Yale U (chem eng). Working in industry.
  13. Kimberly Chung, ChE  [AAF-DNA and pHIP-DNA] Ph.D. U. Delaware (biomedical eng). Currently at US Army - ARDEC.
  14. Dominic Coluccio, BSE [bismuth; ECCC7] M.S. NYU (computer sci); M.S. NYU (mathematics - finance). Working in industry.
  15. Alexandra M. Deaconescu , ChE [bismuth]  Ph.D. Rockefeller (biochemistry). Currently Assistant Professor at Brown Univ. (Mol Bio, Cell Bio, Biochem)
  16. John de la Parra, Jr., BSE [bismuth] - Ph.D. Northeastern University (chemistry). Currently at the Rockefeller Foundation.
  17. Kunmi Demuren, ChE [bismuth] - M.Eng, Cooper Union
  18. Poorna Datta, ChE [DNA damage]
  19. Leonid Grinberg, ChE [As/Sb/Bi clusters; global opt] M.Eng. Cooper Union
  20. Raquibul Hannan, NYU Chemistry [AAF-DNA] M.D./Ph.D. SUNY Downstate. Currently Assoc. Professor, UT-Southwestern Medical Center.
  21. George Ho, EE [ammonium halide nanoparticles]. Working in industry.
  22. Jo Kang, ChE [AAF]
  23. Tina Kiang, ChE [AAF-DNA] Ph.D. Johns Hopkins (biomedical eng). Currently at the FDA.
  24. Rachel KlarChE [ammonium halide nanoparticles] 
  25. Heather Kulik, ChE [environmental carcinogens] Ph.D. MIT (materials eng). Currently Asst Prof. at MIT.
  26. Joshua Kritzer, ChE [bismuth] Ph.D. Yale (chemistry). Currently Prof. at Tufts University.
  27. Keirnan LaMarche, ChE [bismuth; Monte Carlo methods] Ph.D. Rutgers (chemical eng) Working in industry.
  28. Thomas Larrabee, ChE [computing - with Bove] Ph.D. Penn State (chemistry).Working at NRL. 
  29. Brice Lee, ChE [enantioselectivity] M.S. Columbia U. Working in industry.
  30. Keon Lee, ChE [bismuth] 
  31. Darren Louie, ChE [environmental carcinogens and toxins] Master's degrees from NYU, Pacific College.
  32. Isaac Markus, ChE [NH4Cl nanoclusters; global optimization] Ph.D. U-C Berkeley (materials engineering). Working in industry.
  33. Sally Mikhail, ME [bismuth] Ph.D. Ohio State (physics) Faculty at Indiana U-Purdue U Ft Wayne.
  34. Anthony Mrockzowski, BSE [bismuth]Ph.D. Columbia (physics) Researcher at European Southern Observatory.
  35. Jodie Mueller, ChE [NH4Cl] 
  36. Kenneth Mui, ChE [bismuth, ECCC8, ECCC9] M.Eng. Cooper Union
  37. Vijay Raj, ChE [AAF and FAAF] D.O. Rowan University 
  38. Niny Z. Rao, ChE [AMBER] Ph.D. Florida State U. (chemistry) Currently Assoc Prof at Thomas Jefferson U. 
  39. Loni Rodriguez, ChE [environmental carcinogens]  DDS SUNY-Buffalo
  40. Antonina Roll-Mecak, ChE [materials]  Ph.D. Rockefeller. Currently at NIH.
  41. Ruben Savizky, ChE [reaction mechanisms - with Bove] Ph.D. Yale (chemistry); here at Cooper Union now!
  42. Saimon Sharif, ChE [neurotransmitters]. Working in industry.
  43. Andrew Sweeney, ChE [acid rain] 
  44. Paul Sweeney, ChE [NH4Cl nanoclusters; global optimization] M.D. Tufts
  45. Daniel To, ChE [environmental carcinogens] Ph.D. NJIT (chemical eng). Working in industry.
  46. Francis Torres, ChE  [NH4Cl; water; global opt methods]
  47. Guowei Yu, ChE [global opt methods]  M.Eng. Rutgers University. Working in industry.
  48. Wentao Zhang, ChE [enantioselectivity]  M.S. Columbia University. Currently at Columbia.

2003-2009 Undergraduate Researchers at Monmouth University

  1. John Brown, Chemistry [AAF and FAAF] M.D.
  2. William Feldmann, Chemistry / Chemical Physics [NH4Cl nanoclusters] Currently at Stevens Inst. of Tech.
  3. Nikhil Jain, Biology [AAF and FAAF]  M.D./M.B.A. (Drexel). Currently at Yale/New Haven Health
  4. Mourin (Khaleel) Thomas, Biology [AAF and FAAF]  J.D. (Drexel)
  5. Andrea Leotti, Chemistry [AAF]. Working in industry.
  6. Jared Pienkos, Chemistry, Hamilton College [HF clusters] Ph.D. U of Virginia (chemistry). Currently Assistant Prof. of Chemistry at UT-Chattanooga.
  7. George Roesch, Chemistry [AAF]. Currently working in industry. 
  8. Catharine Russamano, Mathematics [NH4Cl]. Program Analyst, US Army Corps of Engineers.

1990-2009 High School Student Researchers

  1. Destin Jumelle-y-Picokens, U of Minnesota, NIH High School Research Intern [molecular modeling)
  2. Nihal DayalREAP Summer High School Research Intern at Monmouth University [AAF and FAAF]
  3. Grace LeeREAP Summer High School Research Intern [NH4Cl nanoclusters]
  4. Joseph Safdieh, CUSIP High School Research Intern [gas-phase SN2 reactions]

(Names are missing for 48 other high school students advised at Cooper Union, due to a records loss.)

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.

Last time I checked, 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 and so these numbers may have changed!

I am very proud to have learned from, worked with / for, and published with so many amazing student researchers.

Here's my link to the Chemistry Tree.