Prof. Robert Q. Topper
Our work at NYU emphasizes the application of enhanced sampling molecular dynamics (MD) calculations to the study of complex systems, and particularly the use of machine learning techniques for prediction and analysis of thermodynamic properties. Ongoing research work in my research group at Cooper Union includes the study of molecular acid-base nanoparticles using stochastic dynamics and quantum mechanics calculations.
After undergraduate studes in physics and chemistry at Florida State U. under DeLos F. DeTar and Jack Saltiel, I earned a doctorate in theoretical chemistry at Yale University (Nelson DeLeon), studying reaction rate theory and phase-space molecular dynamics. My postdoctoral work at U. Minnesota (Donald Truhlar) and U. Rhode Island (David Freeman) involved the development of new quantum and classical Monte Carlo methods for thermophysical property prediction.
In 1993, I joined the faculty at the Cooper Union. After teaching and researching there for ten years, I took a six-year department chair position at Monmouth University. In 2009 I returned to Cooper Union, where I am currently Professor of Chemistry in the School of Engineering.
My Cooper Union web site is http://engfac.cooper.edu/topper