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.
May 1, 2022.  Congratulations to Alain Ward for successfully defending his Master's Thesis! 
March 15, 2022.  Our paper on Magnetic Superatoms has been published in JACS. Editor's Spotlight.

September 28, 2021. Our perspective on Metal-Chalcogenide Clusters has been names an Editor's choice in the Journal of Chemical Physics. 

August 11, 2021. Our Paper on Linked Semiconductor/Metal clusters has been published in PCCP.

Recent Publications.
Superaomic Salts with Controlled Ionicity.
T. Sengupta, and S.N. Khanna. Material Advances, 3, 4026-4036 (2022).

High-Spin Superatom Stabilized by Dual Subshell Filling.
D. Bista, A.P. Aydt, K.J. Anderson, D.W. Paley, T.A. Betley, A.C. Reber, V. Chauhan, A.K. Bartholomew, X. Roy, and S.N. Khanna.
J. Amer. Chem. Soc, 144, 5172-5179 (2022).

The Superatomic State Beyond Convential Magic Numbers: Ligated Metal-Chalcogenide Clusters.
S.N. Khanna, A.C. Reber, D. Bista, T. Sengupta, and R. Lambert. J. Chem. Phys. 155, 120901 (2021).

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