Khanna Group
Prof. Khanna

The Group

Research Professors

Arthur Reber


Vikas Chauhan

Graduate Students
Albert Armstrong

Dinesh Bista

Ryan Lambert

Sweta Prabha

Daniel Rabayda


Josh McMahon
Former Members

Chris Ashman

Marissa Baddick

William Blades

Kristen Casalenuovo

Penee Clayborne

Doug Edmonds

Garbriel Ulises Gamboa

Cameron Grover

Fhokrul Islam

Naiche Jones

Baljeet Kaur

Feng Liu
Former Members

Victor Medel

S. Vincent Ong

Selvarengan Paranthaman

Anthony Pedicini

Christopher Powell

Meichun Qian

J. Ulises Reveles

Debesh Ranjan Roy

Budda Reddy

Roberto Robles Rodriguez

Sanjubala Sahoo

Lin Zhu

Marissa Baddick Abreu  

Ph. D. Virginia Commonwealth University, 2014.
B.A.  East Stroudsburg University, 2010.

Reasearch Interests:SuperatomsReactivity.

Major Publications: Ligand-Induced Active Sites: Reactivity of Iodine Protected Aluminum Superatoms with Methanol., J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 134, 20507-20512 (2012).
Albert Armstrong  

B.S.  Virginia Commonwealth University, 2017.

Reasearch Interests:Aluminum Oxide ClustersReactivity.

Dinesh Bista

M.S. Virginia Commonwealth University, 2017.
B.A.  .

Reasearch Interests:: Metal Chalcogenide Clusters, Metal Silicon Clusters.

Major Publications: Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Fe2Sin (1≤n≤12)+/0/- clusters.
William H. Blades 

B.S.   Virginia Commonwealth University 2010.

Reasearch Interests: Superatoms, Reactivity of Aluminum Iodide Clusters.


Vikas Chauhan 


Reasearch Interests: Magnetism.

Major Publications: 

Cameron Grover 

B.S.   Virginia Commonwealth University 2013.

Reasearch Interests: Aluminum Clusters.

Major Publications:  

Ryan Lambert 

B.S.   Virginia Commonwealth University 2017.

Reasearch Interests: Aluminum Oxide Clusters, Reactivity.

Major Publications: 
Anthony Pedicini

B.S.  VCU, 2011

Reasearch Interests:  Ligand Protected Clusters.

Major Publications:  Synthesis and Structural Characterization of a Bimetallic Atom-Precise Ligand Protected  Cluster, Ag4Ni2(DMSA)4. J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 135 26-29 (2013). 

Sweta Prabha 


Reasearch Interests:  Metal Chalcogenide Clusters

Meichun Qian  

Ph. D.  Chinese Acadamy of Sciences, 1998.

Reasearch Interests: Magnetic Materials, Cluster Assembly, Solid State Physics.

Major Publications:  Magnetic properties of Co2C and Co3C nanoparticles and their assemblies. Appl Phys. Lett. 101, 012409 (2012).  
     Cluster-Assembled Materials: Toward Nanomaterials with Precise Control over Properties.ACS Nano 4 235 (2010). 

Daniel Rabayda  

B.S. Chinese Acadamy of Sciences, 1998.

Reasearch Interests: Benzene Clusters.

Arthur Reber        Personal Web site 

Ph. D. University of Chicago 2004
M.S. University of Chicago 1999
B.A. Earlham College 1998.

Research Interests: Reactivity of Clusters, Cluster Assembly, Supported Clusters.

Major Publications:  Complementary Active Sites Cause Size-Selective Reactivity of Aluminum Cluster Anions with Water. Science, 323 492 (2009).
    Spin Accommodation and Reactivity of Aluminum Based Clusters with O2.  J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 129, 16098, 2007.

Sanjubala Sahoo

Ph. D. University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany 2011.

Reasearch Interests: Magnetic Anisotropy, Chemical Reactivity, Transition Metal Clusters, Graphene.

Major Publications: Using Graphene to Control Magnetic Anisotropy and Interaction between
Supported Clusters. (Accepted in New Journal of Physics.)

Kristen Casalenuovo

M.S. VCU 2009
B.S. Longwood University 2006

Research Interests: Nano-Assembled Solar Cell Devices

Major Publications:  Photoelectron Imaging and Density-Functional Investigations of Bismuth and Lead Anions Solvated in Ammonia Clusters. J. Phys. Chem. A 114, 11353  (2010).    

Penee Clayborne       Personal Web site

Ph.D. VCU 2009
M.S. VCU 2006
B.S. Radford 2002

Research Interests: Oxide Clusters, Met Cars, and Superatoms.

Major Publications: AlnBi Clusters: Transitions Between Aromatic and Jellium Stability.  J. Phys. Chem. A, 112 13316-13325 (2008).
Designer Magnetic Superatoms. Nature Chemistry 1 310 (2009). 

Gabriel Ulises Gamboa    

B.S.  National Polytechnic Institute, 2004.

Reasearch Interests: Superatoms.

Major Publications:  Spin Accommodation and Reactivity of Silver Clusters with Oxygen: Enhanced Stability of Ag13-. J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 134, 18973-18978 (2012).

Fhokrul Islam

Ph. D.  Purdue University, 2007
B.S.   Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh, 1995.

Reasearch Interests: Magnetism

Major Publications:  First-principles study of spin-electric coupling in a Cu3 single molecular magnet. Phys. Rev. B 82 155446 (2010).

Naiche Jones

Ph. D. VCU 2006
M.S. VCU 2003
B.S. VCU 2001

Reasearch Interests: Superatoms, Cluster Assembly, and Oxides.

Al cluster superatoms as halogens in polyhalides and as alkaline earths in iodide salts. Science 307 (5707): 231-235 ( 2005). 

Victor Medel

Ph.D.  CINVESTAV, 2009
B.S.   ESIQIE-IPN, 1998

Reasearch Interests: Superatoms.

Major Publications:  Hund’s rule in superatoms with transition metal impurities. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 108, 10062 (2011). 

Magnetism of electrons in atoms and superatoms.  J. Appl Phys. 112, 064313 (2012). 

S. Vincent Ong

Ph.D.VCU 2012                                                                                                                                  M.S. VCU 2008
B.S. VCU 2006

Reasearch Interests: Supported Palladium Clusters, Graphene, Gas phase Zintl Clusters, Endohedral Metallofullerenes, MRI applications.

Major Publications: Enhanced oxygen binding through surface mediated ionic bonds. Surf. Sci. 606, 965-970  (2012).

Selvarengan Paranthamon

Ph. D. Bharathiar University,. 2005
M.S. Madurai Kamaraj University, 1999
B.S. V.H.N.S.N. College, 1997

Reasearch Interests: Structure, Reactivity, and Aluminum Clusters.

Major Publications: From SiO Molecules to Silicates in Circumstellar Space: Atomic Structures, Growth Patterns, and Optical Signatures of SinOm Clusters. ACS Nano 2 1729 (2008).

Christopher Powell

M.S. VCU 2011.
B.S. VCU 2009.

Reasearch Interests: Reactivity of Superatoms.  

Major Publications: Ligand-Induced Active Sites: Reactivity of Iodine Protected Aluminum Superatoms with Methanol., J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 134, 20507-20512 (2012).

J. Ulises Reveles       Personal Web site

Currently at VCU

Ph. D. National Polytechnic Instititue Mexico City, 2004
B.S. UNAM 1999.

Research Interests: Superatoms, Silicon encapsolated clusters, and geometry optimization.

Major Publications: Designer Magnetic Superatoms. Nature Chemistry 1 310 (2009). 

   Multiple Valence Superatoms.Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 103 18405 (2006).

Roberto Robles Rodriguez      Personal Web site

Ph. D. Universidad Valladolid, 2004.

M.S. Universidad Valladolid. 1998.

B.S. Universidad Valladolid 1997.

Research Interests: Magnetic properties, electronic structure and condensed matter physics.

Major Publications: Oxidation of Pdn (n=1–7, 10) clusters supported on alumina/NiAl(110).Phys. Rev. B 82, 085428 (2010).

Debesh Ranjan Roy

Ph. D. IIT Kharagpur, India, 2008.

Research Interests

Nanostructures, Cluster Assembly, and Reactivity.

Personal Web site

Lin Zhu

Ph. D. 


Research Interests:  Molecular Electronics.

Major Publications:  Quantum Spin Transport through magnetic superatom dimer (Cs8V-Cs8V). J. Chem. Phys. 137, 164311 (2012). 

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