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.

September 1, 2022. Our paper on Metal-Chalcogenide catalysts is the cover article for J. Phys Chem. A. 

August 16, 2022.
The Department of Energy has highlighted our paper on magnetic superatoms.

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.

Recent Publications.
Periodic Trends in the Infrared and Optical Absorption Spectra of Metal Chalcogenide Clusters.
  A.F.M. Ward, A.C Reber,  and S.N. Khanna.1J. Phys. Chem. A, 27, 38-45 (2023).

Magic Numbers in Octahedral Metal-Chalcogenide Clusters.
  A.C Reber, T. Sengupta, and S.N. Khanna. Inorganic Chemistry. 61, 16003-16008 (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).
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