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Dr. Arthur Reber
Research Associate Professor
Department of Physics
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Acreber@vcu.edu
www.people.vcu.edu/~acreber
(804)-698-0357
 
Degrees:        Ph.D.   Chemistry, University of Chicago, 2004
                      M.S.    Chemistry, University of Chicago, 1999
                      B.A.     Chemistry, Earlham College, 1998

 
Research Experience:
     Virginia Commonwealth University.
            Research Associate Professor 2013-2016
            Research Assistant Professor 2007-2013
            Post-doctoral Research Associate 2005-2007
    University of Chicago:
            Doctoral candidate, advisor R.S. Berry, 1999-2004.
            Postdoctoral Scholar, 2005
Teaching Experience:
    Virginia Commonwealth University 2007-2016.
            INSC 201 Energy! 2010-2016: Managed since 2013
            PHYS 215 Science, Technology, and Society 2010
            PHYZ 320 Modern Physics Lab 2008-2009
            Research Mentor for 3 Ph.D Students and 3 M.S. Students
    University of Chicago:
            Teaching Assistant in General Chemistry, 1998-1999, 2003-2004. 
            Teaching Assistant in Experimental Physical Chemistry, 2002-2003. 
            Research Mentor for high school student (resulted in publication).     
 
    Honors:           
           
Invited Speaker, ISCAN Meeting, Trivandrum, India, 2016. 
            Invited Speaker, ACS Fall Meeting 2015.
            Invited Speaker, DySON Meeting, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2014.
            Invited Speaker, Emerging Trends in Materials Simulations and Experiments at USC 2010.    
           
Invited Speaker, APS March Meeting 2008.
            Hot Topic Speaker, TAMCV 2007.
            Invited Speaker, Int. Mat. Cong. XV 2006.
            Nathan Sugarman Teaching Award in General Chemistry, University of Chicago, 2004.
            GAANN Fellowship, University of Chicago, 1998-2001.
            Fellowship for Scientific Exchange: Spanish Department of Education, Madrid, 1999.
               Gertrude Pardieck Hubbard award for outstanding student in the physical sciences, Earlham College,1997.
 

Professional Activities:
                        Member of APS, ACS, Associate Secretary for TAMC V, and referee for Journal of Chemical Physics, Chemical Physics Letters,  and  the Journal of Physical Chemistry.
 
Research Interests:
                        Reactivity and Catalysis in Clusters and Nanoparticles, Cluster Assembled Materials, the effect of quantum confinement on magnetic properties, Ligand-Protected Clusters, Electronic Structure Methods, Density Functional Theory, and Metal-Organic Frameworks.
   Citation indices:                        
               1386 citations

                h-index:19
                i-10 index: 34
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References:   
            Professor Shiv N. Khanna
            Department of Physics
            701 W. Grace St.
            Virginia Commonwealth University  
            Richmond VA 23220
            
             Professor Ayusman Sen
             Department of Chemistry
             440 Chemistry Building
             Pennsylvania State University
             University Park, PA16802
           
               Research Professor John Monnier
             Chemical Engineering
             Swearingen Engineering Center
             301 Main Street
             University of South Carolina
             Columbia, SC  29208

 
Presentations:
A.C. Reber, What determines if a ligand activates or passivates a superatom cluster? ISCAN Meeting, Trivandrum, India, 2016.
 
A.C. Reber, Magnetic superatoms as a source of new electronic and magnetic materials. National ACS Meeting, Division of Physical Chemistry August, Boston MA 2015.
 
A.C. Reber, Effect of N- and P-Type Doping on the Oxygen-Binding Energy and Oxygen Spillover of Supported Palladium Clusters. APS March Meeting, San Antonio TX, 2015.
 
A.C. Reber, Controlling Band gap Energies in Cluster Assembled Materials. 3rd Dyson conference, Dynamics of Systems on the Nanoscale, Edinburgh Scotland, 2014.
 
A.C. Reber, Characterizing Catalysts on Surfaces.  Endothermic Fuel BRI Review Meeting, Washington DC, 2013.
 
A.C. Reber, Dynamics of Oxygen on Supported Pd Clusters and Reactivity with Methanol. Nanocatalysis for Propulsion Workshop, Atlanta GA 2012.
 
A.C. Reber, Cooperative effects in the Oxidation of Palladium Oxide Cations. APS March Meeting, 2012.
 
A.C. Reber, Catalytic Mechanisms in Free and Supported Clusters.  Nanocatalysis for Propulsion Workshop, Salt Lake City, UT 2011.
 
A.C. Reber, Reactivity Size selective reactivity of aluminum clusters with water.  Invited talk, Emerging Trends in Materials Simulations and Experiments, Los Angeles, CA 2010.
 
A.C. Reber, On the Unusual Reactivity Patterns in Copper doped Aluminum Cluster Anions. APS March Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, 2010.
 
A.C. Reber. Spin Accommodation and Reactivity of Superatoms. Invited Talk, APS March Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 2008.
 
A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna, and A.W. Castleman Jr.  Superatom Chemistry : Super-halogens and Super-alkalis combine to form Ultra Alkaline-earth Motifs and Novel assemblies.  Poster presented at Gordon Research Conference on Clusters, Crystals and Nanocrystals, 2008.
 
A.C. Reber, P.J. Roach, K.M. Davis, A. Ugrinov, M.C. Qian, S.N. Khanna, and A.W. Castleman Jr.  From Designer Clusters to Synthetic Cluster Assemblies.  TAMCV, Hot topic presentation, Richmond VA 2007.
 
A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna, and A.W. Castleman Jr.  New Assemblies Combining Super-halogens and Super-alkalis.  APS March Meeting, Denver, CO, 2007.
 
A.C. Reber, P.A. Clayborne, J.U. Reveles, S.N. Khanna, A.W. Castleman Jr., and A. Ali.  Silicon oxide nanoparticles reveal the origin of silicate grains in circumstellar environments.  Int. Mat. Cong. XV, Cancun Mexico, 2006.
 
A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna, J.S. Singh, and M.R. Beltran.  Rings, Towers and Cages in ZnnOn Clusters.  APS March Meeting, Baltimore MD, 2006.
 
A. Castleman, A. Reber, P. Clayborne, J. Reveles, S. Khanna, and A. Ali.  Formation of Grains in Circumstellar Environments: Experiment, Theory, and Observation.  NASA LAW 144 (2006).
 
A. Reber.  Above-threshold Ionization and Superelastic scattering in Magnesium.  Talk presented at the tenth annual James Franck symposium, Chicago, IL, 2004.
 
Books and Monographs Published:
 
A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna, A.W. Castleman Jr.  Superatoms: From Motifs to Materials.  Chapter 9: 365-381.  Science and Technology of Atomic, Molecular, Condensed Matter & Biological Systems: Nanoclusters - a bridge across disciplines, Volume 1, 2010.

 
Refereed Publications:
67. Transforming Ni9Te6 from Electron Donor to Acceptor via Ligand Exchange. V. Chauhan, A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna.  J. Phys. Chem. A, ASAP (2016).

66. Effect of location and filling of d-states on methane activation in single site Fe-based catalysts.  S. Sahoo, A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna.  Chem.  Phys. Lett., 660, 48-54 (2016).

65. What Determines if a Ligand Activates or Passivates a Superatom Cluster?  Z. Luo, A.C. Reber, M. Jia, W.H. Blades, S.N. Khanna, A.W. Castleman Jr. Chem. Sci. 7, 3067-3074 (2016).

64. Effect of O2 and CO Exposure on the Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Size-Selected Pdn Clusters Supported on TiO2(110). A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna, F.S. Roberts, and S.L. Anderson. J. Phys. Chem. C 120, 2126-2138 (2016).

63. Conceptual Basis for Understanding C–C Bond Activation in Ethane by Second Row Transition Metal Carbides. S. Sahoo, A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna. J. Phys. Chem. A 119, 12855-12861 (2016).

62. Atom Precise Platinum-Thiol Crowns. A. George, Asha K.S, A.C. Reber, S. Biltek, A.F. Pedicini, A. Sen, S.N. Khanna, S. Mandal   Nanoscale, 7, 19448-19452 (2015).

61. Making sense of the conflicting magic numbers in WSin clusters. M.B. Abreu, A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna. J. Chem. Phys. 143, 074310 (2015).

60. Geometry controls the stability of FeSi14. V. Chauhan, M.B. Abreu, A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna. PCCP, 17 15718-15724 (2015).

59. The effect of cluster size on the optical band gap energy of Zn-based metal–organic frameworks. R. Ghosh, A.F. Pedicini, P.C. Rao, K.S. Asha, A.C. Reber, S. Mandal. Dalton Trans. 44, 13464-13468 (2015).    

58. The Effects of Alkaline Earth Counterions on the Architechture, Band Gap Energies and Proton Transfer of Triazole based coordination Polymers. K.S. Asha, A.C. Reber, A.F. Pedicini, S.N. Khanna, S. Mandal. Eur. J. of Inorg. Chem 12, 2085-2091 (2015).


57. Initial and Final State Effects in the Ultraviolet and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (UPS and XPS) of Size-Selected Pdn Clusters Supported on TiO2 (110). F.S. Roberts, S.L. Anderson, A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna. Khanna. J. Phys. Chem. C 119, 6033-6046 (2015).

56. Electronic structure, stability, and oxidation of boron-magnesium clusters and cluster solids. A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna. J. Chem. Phys. 142, 054304 (2015).

55. Structure investigation of CoxOy+(x= 3–6, y= 3–8) clusters by IR vibrational spectroscopy and DFT calculations. C.N. van Dijk, D.R. Roy, A. Fielicke, T. Rasing, A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna. Eur. Phys. J. D 68, 1-10.

54. Does the 18-Electron Rule Apply to CrSi12? M.B. Abreu, A.C. Reber, S.N Khanna. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 5, 3492-3496 (2014).
 

53. Effect of N-and P-Type Doping on the Oxygen-Binding Energy and Oxygen Spillover of Supported Palladium Clusters. A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna. J. Phys. Chem. C118, 20306-20313 (2014).

52. Reactivity of Silver Clusters Anions with Ethanethiol. Z. Luo, G.U. Gamboa, M. Jia, A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna, A.W. Castleman Jr. J. Phys. Chem. A 118, 8345-8350 (2014).

51. Boron Substitution in Aluminum Cluster Anions: Magic Clusters and Reactivity with Oxygen. J.C. Smith, A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna, A.W. Castleman Jr. J. Phys. Chem. A 118, 8485-8492 (2014).

50. Isolation and Structural Characterization of a Silver–Platinum Nanocluster, Ag4Pt2 (DMSA)4. S.R. Biltek, A. Sen, A.F. Pedicini, A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna. J. Phys. Chem. A 118, 8314-8319 (2014).

49. Nature of Valence Transition and Spin Moment in AgnV+ Clusters. V.M. Medel, A.C. Reber, V. Chauhan, P. Sen, A.M. Köster, P. Calaminici. J. Amer. Chem. Soc.136, 8229-8236 (2014).
48. The effect of sulfur covalent bonding on the electronic shells of silver clusters. A.F. Pedicini, A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna. J. Chem. Phys. 139, 164317 (2013)

47. The Oblate Structure and Unexpected Resistance in Reactivity of Ag15+ with O2. A.C. Reber, G.U. Gamboa, S.N. Khanna. J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 438, 012002 (2013).

46. Controlling the Band Gap Energy of Cluster-Assembled Materials. S. Mandal, A.C. Reber, M. Qian, P.S. Weiss, S.N. Khanna, A. Sen. Acc. Chem. Res. 46, 2385-2395 (2013).

45. Carbonyl Bond Cleavage by Complementary Active Sites. W.H. Woodward, A.C. Reber, J.C. Smith, S.N. Khanna, A.W. Castleman Jr.  J. Phys. Chem. C 117, 7445-7450 (2013).

44. Probing the Magic Numbers of Aluminum–Magnesium Cluster Anions and Their Reactivity toward Oxygen. Z. Luo, C.J. Grover, A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna, A.W. Castleman Jr. J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 135, 4307-4313 (2013).

43. Electronic subshell splitting controls the atomic structure of charged and neutral silver clusters. G.U. Gamboa, A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna. New J.  Chem. 37, 3928-3935 (2013).

42. Synthesis and Structural Characterization of an Atom-Precise Bimetallic Nanocluster, Ag4Ni2(DMSA)4. S.R. Biltek, S. Mandal, A. Sen, A.C. Reber, A.F. Pedicini, S.N. Khanna. J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 135, 26-29 (2013).

41. Spin Accommodation and Reactivity of Silver Clusters with Oxygen: The Enhanced Stability of Ag13-. Z. Luo, G.U. Gamboa, J.C. Smith, A.C. Reber, J.U. Reveles, S.N. Khanna, A.W. Castleman Jr. J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 134, 18973–18978 (2012).

40. Ligand Induced Active Sites: Reactivity of Iodine Protected Aluminum Superatoms with Methanol. M.B. Abreu, C. Powell, A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna. J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 134, 20507–20512 (2012).

39. Edge Induced Active Sites Enhance the Reactivity of Large Aluminum Cluster Anions with Alcohols. A.C. Reber, P.J. Roach, S.N. Khanna, W.H. Woodward, A.W. Castleman Jr. J. Phys. Chem. A 116, 8085–8091 (2012).

38. Palladium in the Gap: Cluster Assemblies with Band Edges Localized on Linkers. A.C. Reber, S. Mandal, M. Qian, H.M. Saavedra, P.S. Weiss, SN Khanna, A. Sen. J. Phys. Chem. C 116, 10207-10214 (2012).

37. Metallic and molecular orbital concepts in XMg8 clusters, X= Be-F. V.M. Medel, A.C. Reber, J.U. Reveles, S.N. Khanna. J. Chem. Phys. 136, 134311 (2012).

36. Synthesis, Structure and Band Gap Energy of Covalently Linked Cluster-Assembled Materials. S. Mandal, A.C. Reber, M. Qian, R. Liu, H.M. Saavedra, S. Sen, P.S. Weiss, S.N. Khanna, A. Sen. Dalton Trans. 41, 12365-12377 (2012).

35. On the stability of an unsupported mercury–mercury bond linking group 15 Zintl clusters. S. Mandal, A.C. Reber, M. Qian, R. Liu, H.M. Saavedra, S. Sen, P.S. Weiss, S.N. Khanna, A. Sen. Dalton Trans. 41, 5454-5457 (2012).

34. Cooperative effects in the oxidation of CO by palladium oxide cations. A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna, E.C. Tyo, C.L. Harmon, A.W. Castleman Jr. J. Chem. Phys. 135, 234303 (2011).
33. [As7M(CO)3]3– M= Cr, Mo, W: Bonding and Electronic Structure of Cluster Assemblies with Metal Carbonyls. S. Mandal, M. Qian, A.C. Reber, H.M. Saavedra, P.S. Weiss, S.N. Khanna, A. Sen. J. Phys. Chem. C 115, 23704-23710 (2011).

32. Closed-shell to split-shell stability of isovalent clusters. VM Medel, JU Reveles, A.C. Reber, SN Khanna, AW Castleman Jr. Phys. Rev.B 84, 075435 (2011).
31. Analogous Reactivity of Pd+ and ZrO+: Comparing the Reactivity with Small Hydrocarbons. E.C. Tyo, A.W. Castleman Jr, A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna. J. Phys. Chem. C 115, 16797-16802 (2011).

30.  Gas phase analogs of stable sodium-tin Zintl ions: Anion photoelectron spectroscopy and electronic structure. W.-J. Zheng, O.C. Thomas, J.M. Nilles, K.H. Bowen, A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna.  J. Chem. Phys. 134, 224307 (2011).

29.  Stability and electronic properties of isoelectronic heteroatomic analogs of Sn52-. U. Gupta, A.C. Reber, J.J. Melko, S.N. Khanna, A.W. Castleman Jr. Chem. Phys. Lett. 505, 92 (2011).

28.  The Zintl ion [As7]2-: an example of an electron-deficient Asx radical anion. S. Mandal, R. Liu, A.C. Reber, M. Qian, H.M. Saavedra, X. Ke, P. Schiffer, S. Sen, P.S. Weiss, S.N. Khanna, A. Sen. Chemisty Communications 47, 3126 (2011).

27.  Controlling Band Gap Energies in Cluster-Assembled Ionic Solids through Internal Electric Fields. N.K. Chaki, S. Mandal, A.C. Reber, M. Qian, H.M. Saavedra, P.S. Weiss, S.N. Khanna, A. Sen. ACS Nano 4, 5813 (2010).

26.  The applicability of three-dimensional aromaticity in BiSnn- Zintl analogues. P.A. Clayborne, U. Gupta, A.C. Reber, J.J. Melko, S.N. Khanna, A.W. Castleman Jr.  J. Chem. Phys. 133, 134302 (2010). 

25.  Crystal field effects on the reactivity of aluminum-copper cluster anions. P.J. Roach, W.H. Woodward, A.W. Castleman Jr., A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna. Phys. Rev. B 81, 195404 (2010).

24.  Reactivity of Aluminum Cluster Anions with Water: Origins of Reactivity and Mechanisms for H2 Release. A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna, P.J. Roach, W.H. Woodward, A.W. Castleman Jr.  J. Phys. Chem. A. 114, 6071 (2010). (Cover Article.)

23.  Cluster-Assembled Materials: Toward Nanomaterials with Precise Control over Properties. M. Qian, A.C. Reber, A. Ugrinov, N.K. Chaki S. Mandal, H.M. Saavedra, S.N. Khanna, A. Sen and P.S. Weiss. ACS Nano 4, 235 (2010). (Editor’s choice in Science 327 1061.)

22.  Grain Formation Modulated by Molecular Hydrogen Evaporation in the Interstellar Medium. A. Reber, K. Kostov, R.S. Berry. J. Phys. Chem. A. 114, 1277 (2010).

21.  Designer Magnetic Superatoms. J.U. Reveles, P.A. Clayborne, A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna, K. Pradhan, P. Sen, M.R. Pederson.  Nature Chemistry 1, 310 (2009).

20.  Helical and linear [K(As11)]2- chains: Role of solvent on the conformation of chains formed by Zintl anions. A.C. Reber, A. Ugrinov, A. Sen, M. Qian, and S.N. Khanna.  Chem. Phys. Lett. 473, 305 (2009).
 
19.  Complementary Active Sites Cause Size Selective Reactivity in Aluminum Cluster Anions with Water. P.J. Roach, W.H. Woodward, A.W. Castleman Jr., A.C. Reber, and S.N. Khanna. Science 323, 492 (2009). 
 
18.  Production of Equal Sized Atomic Clusters by Hot Wire. C. Peineke, M. Attoui, R. Robles, A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna, and A. Schmidt-Ott. J. Aerosol Science 40, 423 (2009).
 
17.  Effect of Charge and Composition on the Structural Fluxionality of Nine Atom Tin-Bismuth Zintl Analogues. U. Gupta, A.C. Reber, P.A. Clayborne, J.J. Melko, S.N. Khanna, and A.W. Castleman Jr. Inorganic Chemistry  47, 10953 (2008).
 
16.  From SiO molecules to Silicates in Circumstellar Space:   Atomic Structures, Growth Patterns, and Optical Signatures of SinOm clusters. A.C. Reber, S. Paranthaman, P.A. Clayborne, S.N. Khanna, and A.W. Castleman Jr. ACS Nano 2, 1729 (2008).
 
15.  [Te2As2]-2: A Planar Motif with “Conflicting” Aromaticity. A. Ugrinov, A. Sen, A.C. Reber, M. Qian, and S.N. Khanna.  J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 130, 782 (2008). (Editor’s choice in Science 319,137.)
 
14.  Spin Accommodation and Reactivity of Aluminum Based Clusters with O2. A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna, P.J. Roach, W.H. Woodward, and A.W. Castleman Jr. J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 129, 16098 (2007).
 
13.  Al4H7- is a Resilient Building Block for Aluminum Hydrogen Cluster Materials. P.J. Roach, A.C. Reber, W.H. Woodward, S.N. Khanna, and A.W. Castleman Jr. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 104, 145765 (2007). 
 
12.  Electon-Atom Superelastic Scattering in Magnesium as Millielectron volt energies. T. Baynard, A.C. Reber, R.F. Niedziela, S.A. Darveau, B. Prutzman, and R.S. Berry. J. Phys. Chem. A, 111, 12487 (2007).
 
11.  From Designer Clusters to Synthetic Crystalline Nano-Assemblies. A.W. Castleman, S.N. Khanna, A. Sen, A.C. Reber, M. Qian, K.M. Davis, S.J. Peppernick, A. Ugrinov, and M.D. Merritt.  Nano Lett. 7, 2734 (2007). 
 
10.  Superatom Chemistry: Super-halogens and Super-alkalis combine to form Ultra Alkaline-earth Motifs and Novel assemblies. A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna, and A.W. Castleman.  J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 129, 10189, (2007).
 
9.  Thermodynamic Stability of Polyacrylamide and Poly(N,N-Dimethyl Acrylamide). A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna, and R. Ottenbrite.  Polymers for Advanced Technologies 18, 978 (2007).
 
8.    Superatoms and their assemblies based on Alkali and Super-alkali Motifs. P.A. Clayborne, N.O. Jones, A.C. Reber, J.U. Reveles, M.C. Qian, and S.N. Khanna. Journal of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering 7, 417 (2007).
 
7.  Rings, Towers and Cages in ZnO Clusters. A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna, J.S.Singh, and M.R. Beltran. Eur. Phys. J. D.  43, 221 (2007).
 
6.    Cobalt doped rings, and cages of ZnO clusters: Motifs for magnetic cluster-assembled materials. A.C. Reber, S.N. Khanna, J.S. Singh, and M.R. Beltran. Chem. Phys. Lett. 428, 376 (2006). 
 
5.  Silicon oxide nanoparticles reveal the origin of silicate grains in circumstellar environments. A.C. Reber, P.A. Clayborne, J.U. Reveles, S.N. Khanna, A.W. Castleman Jr., and A. Ali. Nano Lett. 6, 1190 (2006). (Featured in New Scientist.)
 
4.  Visualization of electron correlation in autoionizing states above the 3p threshold in magnesium. A. Reber, C. Gordon, and R.S. Berry. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 7, 3276 (2005).  (Cover Article.)
 
3.  Above-threshold ionization near the 3p4d 1Fo autoionizing state in magnesium. A. Reber, T. Baynard, F. Martin, H. Bachau, and R.S. Berry. Phys. Rev. A 71, 053402 (2005).
 
2.  Three-photon above-threshold ionization of Magnesium. A. Reber, F. Martín, H. Bachau, and R. S. Berry. Phys. Rev. A 68, 063401, (2003).
 
1. Two-photon above- threshold ionization of Magnesium. A. Reber, F. Martín, H. Bachau, and R. S. Berry. Phys. Rev. A 65, 063413 (2002).


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