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.
April 15, 2013 C&EN News has published a feature article on Superatoms.
Robust Magnetic Moments on Impurities in Metallic Clusters: Localized Magnetic States in Superatoms. V.M. Medel, J.U. Reveles M.F. Islam, S.N. Khanna. J. Phys. Chem. A ASAP (2013).
Carbonyl Bond Cleavage by Complementary Active Sites. W.H. Woodward, A.C. Reber, J.C. Smith, S.N. Khanna, A.W. Castleman Jr.. J. Phys. Chem. C 117, 7445-7450 (2013).