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. 22, 2016. Our research on superatoms has been featured at Cabell Library. 

Oct. 26, 2016. Our research on Palladium /Graphene cross-coupling catalysts has been published in Nanoscale   

Apr. 30, 2016. Our research on rare earth replacement magnets has been highlighted by the Department of Energy.

 Recent Publications.
The Effect of Substituted Benzene Dicarboxylic Acid linkers on the Optical Band Gap Energy and Magnetic Coupling in Manganese
Trimer Metal Organic Frameworks.
S. Mandal, K.S. Asha, A.C. Reber, N. Ahmed, R.C. Nath, and S.N Khanna.  J. Mater. Chem. C (2016).
A Fundamental Analysis of Enhanced Cross–Coupling Catalytic Activity for Palladium Clusters on Graphene Supports.
Y. Yang, C.E. Castano, F. Gupton, A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna.  Nanoscale, ASAP (2016).

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