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.
July 24, 2020. Congratulations to BillieAnn Radcliffe on successfully defending her Master's Thesis.

May 26, 2020.
Our paper on ligand induced homojunctions in aluminum superatoms has been published in Nanoscale!

Feb. 6, 2020. Our paper on superatoms with internal electric fields has been published in Nanoscale!

 Recent Publications.
  Ligand accommodation causes the anti-centrosymmetric structure of Au13Cu4 clusters with near-infrared emission. 
R. Anumula, A.C. Reber, P. An, C. Cui, M. Guo, H. Wu, Z. Luo, and S.N. Khanna. Nanoscale, 12, 14801-14807 (2020).

A Ligand-Induced Homojunction between Aluminum-based Superatomic Clusters.
D. Bista, V. Chauhan, T. Sengupta, A.C. Reber, and S.N. Khanna. Nanoscale 12, 12046-12056 (2020).
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