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.

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.

Jan. 16, 2015 Congratulations to Marissa for successfully defending her thesis.

 Recent Publications.
Experimental evidence for the formation of CoFe2C phase with colossal magnetocrystalline-anisotropy.
  A.A. El-Gendy, M. Bertino, D. Clifford, M. Qian, S.N. Khanna, and E.E. Carpenter. App. Phys. Lett.  106, 213109 (2015).

Geometry Controls the Stability of FeSi14.
  V. Chauhan, M.B. Abreu, A.C. Reber, and S.N. Khanna. PCCP (2015).

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