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.
Oct. 1, 2019. Dr. Khanna and Dr. El-Shall have been awarded an NSF grant for research into clusters supported on graphene. 

May. 11, 2019. Congratulations to Albert, Daniel, and Sweta for graduating with their M.S. in Physics! 

Mar. 1, 2019. Our research on lowering the cost of pharmaceuticals has been highlighted by VCU News. 

 Recent Publications.
Ligand Effect on the Electronic Structure of Cobalt Sulfide Clusters: A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Study.
G. Liu, V. Chauhan, A. Aydt, S. Ciborowski, A. Pinkard, Z. Zhu, X. Roy, S.N. Khanna, K.H. Bowen  J. Phys. Chem. C Just Accepted (2019).

Al Valence Controls the Coordination and Stability of Cationic Aluminum–Oxygen Clusters in Reactions of Aln+ with Oxygen.
A. Armstrong, H. Zhang, A.C Reber, Y. Jia, H. Wu, Z. Luo, S.N. Khanna.  J. Phys. Chem. A  123, 7463-7469 (2019).

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