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.
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.

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.

 Recent Publications.
1. More than Just a Support: Graphene as a solid-state ligand for palladium catalyzed cross-coupling reactions.
Y. Yang, A.C. Reber, S.E. Gilliland III, C.E. Castano, B.F. Gupton, and S.N. Khanna.. Journal of Catalysis 360, 20-25 (2018).
Superatomic Solids: Intercalation without Altercation.
S.N. Khanna, and A.C. Reber.  Nature Chemistry 9, 1151-1152 (2017).

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