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.
Jan. 26, 2016.
Our paper on the role of ligands in protecting superatoms has been published in Chemical Science.

Jan. 20, 2016. Our paper on Superatomic, Superalkali, and Superparamganetic Cluster Assemblies has been published in JACS.

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

 Recent Publications.
What Determines if a Ligand Activates or Passivates a Superatom Cluster?
 Z. Luo, A.C. Reber, M. Jia, W.H. Blades, S.N. Khanna, A.W. Castleman Jr. Chem. Sci., ASAP(2016).
Ni9Te6 (PEt3) 8C60 is a Superatomic Superalkali Superparamagnetic Cluster Assembled Material (S3-CAM).
V. Chauhan, S. Sahoo, S.N. Khanna. JACS, ASAP(2016).

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