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.

February 25, 2021. Our Paper on Electron Dynamics in Ag assemblies with Prof. Sukhendu Mandal has been published in J. Phys. Chem. Lett.
November 3, 2020. Our paper on Linked Fe clusters has been published in J. Phys Chem A. Cover Art.
November 3, 2020.
Prof. Khanna's book with Prof. Zhixun Luo has been published! Order Here!

Recent Publications.
One-Dimensional Silver-Thiolate Cluster-Assemble: Effect of Argentophilic Interactions on Excited-State Dynamics.
A.K. Das, S. Maity, T. Sengupta, D. Bista, A.C. Reber, A. Patra, S.N. Khanna, and S. Mandal. J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 12, 2154-2159 (2021).

A Magnetic Superatomic Dimer with an Intense Internal Electric Field.
D. Bista, T. Sengupta, A.C. Reber, and S.N. Khanna. J. Phys. Chem. A, ASAP (2021).

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