Khanna Group
Prof. Khanna

The Group


Research Interests.  Our research program focuses on understanding the fundamental features which control the properties of clusters.  One of the organizing principles in this work is the superatom concept, which allows the robust prediction of the stability and reactivity of clusters by assigning them an effective valence which is analogous forming a 3rd dimension of the periodic table.  We focus on understanding cluser assembled materials, magnetic properties, and reactivity, and have worked to understand and exploit these features.

News and Highlights.

January 27-Feb 7, 2014 Prof. Huaiyu Wang from Tsinghua University is visiting the group.

Oct. 14, 2013 Sanjubala Sahoo has joined the Group.

June 4, 2013 Our Cluster Assembled Material Paper has appeared in Accounts of Chemical Research.  Press Release

 Recent Publications.
Boron Substitution in Aluminum Cluster Anions: Magic Clusters and Reactivity with Oxygen.
J.C. Smith, A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna, A.W. Castleman Jr. J. Phys. Chem A
ASAP (2014).
On the enhancement of magnetic anisotropy in cobalt clusters via non-magnetic doping. M.F. Islam, and S.N. Khanna.  J. Phys.: Condensed Matter 26, 125303 (2014).
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