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.  
June 15, 2018. Our paper on lowering ionization energies in clusters has appeared in Nature Communications
May 9, 2018.
Congrats to Yuan for successfully defending his Ph.D. Thesis! 
Feb. 12, 2018. 
Our paper on graphene supported cross-coupling catalysts has been published in the Journal of Catalysis.
Nov. 30, 2017. Our News and Views article has appeared in Nature Chemistry.


 Recent Publications.
Strong lowering of ionization energy of metallic clusters by organic ligands without changing shell filling. V. Chauhan, A.C. Reber, V. Chauhan,  and S.N. Khanna.  Nature Communications 9, 2357 (2018).
Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Fe2Sin (1≤n≤12)+/0/- clusters. D. Bista, A.C. Reber, V. Chauhan,  and S.N. Khanna.  Chemical Physics Letters ASAP.

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