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.
Jul. 6, 2017.
Congrats to Anthony for successfully defending his Ph.D. Thesis! 

Jun. 30, 2017.  Dr. Khanna and Dr. Reber have visited the MathScience Center to teach Nanoscience.  Pics.

Feb. 9, 2017. Our paper on Reactivity in Superatoms has appeared in Accounts of Chemical Research.

Jan. 12, 2017. Our paper on Chalcogenide Clusters has been accepted in JACS.

 Recent Publications.
The Complete Ag4M2(DMSA)4 (M = Ni, Pd, Pt, DMSA Cluster Series: Optical Properties, Stability, and Structural Characterization.
S.R. Biltek,  A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna, and A. Sen.  J. Phys. Chem A ASAP (2017).
Ionic and Metallic Bonding in AlnNam and AlnMgm (3<n+m<15 ) clusters.
C.J. Grover,  A.C. Reber, and S.N. Khanna.  J. Chem. Phys. 146, 224301 (2017).

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