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

 Recent Publications.

Multiple Valence Aluminum and the Electronic and Geometric Structure of AlnOm Clusters.
A. Armstrong, A.C. Reber, and S.N. Khanna.  J. Phys. Chem. A Just Accepted (2019).

Transforming Redox Properties of Clusters using Phosphine Ligands.
A.C. Reber, D. Bista, V. Chauhan, and S.N. Khanna.  J. Phys. Chem. C 123, 8983-8989 (2019).

The Structure and Stability of CrnTem clusters  (1 ≤ n ≤ 6, 1 ≤ m ≤ 8).
S. Prabha, A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna.  Chemical Physics Letters 720, 76-82 (2019).

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