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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.

Sept. 27, 2014 Our paper on Silicon Encapsulated transition metal clusters has been accepted in J. Phys. Chem Lett.



May 14, 2014 Our paper on the valence transition in magnetically doped silver clusters has been accepted in JACS.


 Recent Publications.
Does the 18-Electron Rule Apply to CrSi12?
M.B. Abreu, A.C. Reber, and S.N. Khanna J. Phys. Chem. Lett.
5, 3492-3496 (2014).
First-principles studies on graphene-supported transition metal clusters.
S. Sahoo, M.E. Gruner, S.N. Khanna, and P. Entel. J. Chem. Phys.
141, 074707 (2014).
Email: Snkhanna@vcu.edu
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