Academic profile

Consider the information provided on this page a brief CV. My publication and funding records can be found on my ORCiD page, as listed below. I first provide a 1 page generic CV for those who might be interested before more detail on my current academic portfolio is given.

Unique Researcher Identifiers:


ResearcherID: B-8643-2011

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Current academic portfolio

Present Appointment:
Senior Lecturer in the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Science. University of Manchester, UK. August 2013 – Ongoing
Previous Appointments:
  • Senior research fellow part funded by the UK National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS); a Natural Environment Research Council large-scale (NERC) Collaborative Centre and the University of Manchester
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Physics Dept., UMIST/University of Manchester September 2005 – August 2013.

Education & Qualifications:PhD (Modelling the hygroscopic properties of atmospheric aerosols).

  • September 2001 – September 2004.
  • University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST)

Physics degree, BSc, 1st class

  • September 1998 – September 2001
  • University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST)

Publication Summary (as of 29 July 2016) :

50 Peer-reviewed Publications, 1563 citations (8 April 2017), h-index 23

Book chapter on aerosol thermodynamics aimed at postgraduate teaching in environmental science. Published through Blackwell publishing UK: Chapter 6. Thermodynamics of Aqueous Systems, Professor Ian Colbeck Director, Dr David Topping, Published Online: 3 MAR 2009, DOI: 10.1002/9781444305388.ch6

Management & Supervision:

  • Responsible for 3 instruments as part of current NERC projects within the Latham Atmospheric Science Laboratories, University of Manchester
  • Main supervisor of 2 current PhD students, co-supervisor of 3 in Manchester and 1 at the University of Stockholm, and responsible for the management and supervision of 3 Postdoctoral Research Staff in the Centre for Atmospheric Science.

Research Income and Grants Awarded:

PI on 7 proposals, Co-I on a further 9. Funding agencies include NERC and Innovate UK.

Organisation of Recent Scientific Meetings and Conferences:

Chair of international Network on Fundamental Properties of molecules, Nov 2016. Held at the University of Manchester and included contribution from researchers across the EU and US.

Co-Chair of Emerging Technology Conference (EMiT), Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, June 2016 ( Including co-chair 2014-16.

Co-Chair of Aerosol Chemistry and Microphysics subgroup, European Geophysical Union Conference, Vienna, April 2016 – onwards.

Invitations to contribute to 6 international conferences and one national meeting in atmospheric Science, 3 invites to give lectures in both the UK and internationally as well as attending 32 other conferences/seminars

Institutional Responsibilities:

Board member of the University of Manchester Data Science Institute since 2016:

Previous NCAS responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the planning and implementation of large multi-institute research activity and conducting of smaller focussed projects in key areas of need.
  • Coordinate activities linking aerosol process studies, and to improve links between aerosol process science and large scale model development.
  • Dictate/conduct future research directions through NCAS science strategy and individually funded grants.

Professional Office and Advisory Work:

  • NERC Technology Panel Peer Review College Member, 2012
  • Belgian Science Council Review Panel Member, 2015
  • Conducted proposal reviews for US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and EPSRC.

Journal Editorial and Reviewing Responsibilities:

Associate Editor of Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics, 2013 to present

Referee for the following peer reviewed journals: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics /Journal of Geophysical Research (Atmospheres) / Atmospheric Environment / Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry.

Research standing:

My research interests focus on building computational models of atmospheric aerosol particles for use in interpretation of field experiments and as sub models for incorporation in climate change models. These tools have been widely used by Manchester and external university groups such as, for example,The California Institute of Technology (US), The University of Leipzig (Germany), Chalmers University (Sweden), The University of Helsinki (Finland) and The University of Bristol (UK) to name but a few. I manage and coordinate the UManSysProp informatics and open-source model suite, developed under NERC funding for which I was PI ( I also develop reduced complexity tools implemented in regional and global climate models such as WRF-CHEM (US and UK) and COSMO-ART (Germany) and have been supplied to the developers of the UK Chemistry Aerosol community model (UKCA), a joint NCAS-Met Office programme funded by NCAS, GMR and DEFRA.

Through RCUK funding I am probing the use of emerging computational hardware for accelerating environmental models and was part of the team that lead to the University of Manchester becoming an NVIDIA centre of Excellence. I am on the organising committee of the EMiT conference ( that aims to bring together key researchers in this emerging area of computational science.

Selected Publications:

  • Topping, D., Barley, M., Bane, M. K., Higham, N., Aumont, B., Dingle, N., and McFiggans, G.: UManSysProp v1.0: an online and open-source facility for molecular property prediction and atmospheric aerosol calculations, Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 899-914, doi:10.5194/gmd-9-899-2016, 2016
  • Topping, D., Connolly, P and McFiggans, G. Cloud droplet number enhanced by co-condensation of organic vapours. Nature Geoscience 6, 443–446 (2013) doi:10.1038/ngeo1809
  • Crawford, I., Ruske, S., Topping, D. O., and Gallagher, M. W.: Evaluation of hierarchical agglomerative cluster analysis methods for discrimination of primary biological aerosol, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 4979-4991, doi:10.5194/amt-8-4979-2015, 2015.
  • Topping, D., Lowe, D., and McFiggans, G.: Partial Derivative Fitted Taylor Expansion: an efficient method for calculating gas/liquid equilibria in atmospheric aerosol particles – Part 2: Organic compounds, Geosci. Model Dev., 5, 1-13, doi:10.5194/gmd-5-1-2012, 2012

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