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.
Nov. 19, 2015 Our 
paper on Platinum clusters is the cover article of Nanoscale.

May 28, 2015 Our paper on enhancing magnetic anisotropy in bimetallic carbide nanoparticles has been accepted in APL. Press Release. Additional Coverage.


April 21, 2015 Will won first prize in the VCU graduate research symposium poster session.

 Recent Publications.
Atom precise platinum–thiol crowns.
  A. George, KS Asha, A.C. Reber, S.R. Biltek, A.F. Pedicini, A. Sen, S.N Khanna, S. Mandal.. Nanoscale 7, 19448-19452 (2015).

Making sense of the conflicting magic numbers in WSin clusters.
  MB Abreu, AC Reber, SN Khanna. J.Chem. Phys. 143, 074310 (2015).

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