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.  
Dec. 1, 2018. Our paper on Tuning the properties of Co6S8 clusters has been published in Chemical Science.
July 13, 2018. Our Superatom dopant paper  has appeared in npj Comp. Mat. 
June 15, 2018.
Our paper on lowering ionization energies in clusters has appeared in Nature Communications

 Recent Publications.
Tuning the Electronic Properties of Hexanuclear Cobalt Sulfide Superatoms via Ligand Substitution.
G. Liu, A. Pinkard, S.M. Ciborowski, V. Chauhan, Z. Zhu, A.P. Aydt, S.N. Khanna, X. Roy, and K.H. Bowen.  Chemical Science, asap (2018).
Donor/Acceptor Concepts for Developing Efficient Suzuki Cross-Coupling Catalysts Using
Graphene Supported Ni, Cu, Fe, Pd, and Bimetallic Pd-Ni Clusters.

Y. Yang, A.C. Reber, S.E. Gilliland, C.E. Castano, B.F. Gupton, S.N. Khanna.  J. Phys. Chem. C, 122 2539625403 (2018).

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