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College of Liberal Arts
University of Mississippi

Naga Arjun Sakthivel, PhD Chemistry 20

2020 Graduate Achievement Award recipient

Naga Arjun SakthivelSakthivel joined Professor Amala Dass “to discover how many atoms of gold would make it metallic, as it increases from few atoms to bulk. We’ve discovered the smallest metallic gold nanoparticle with 279 gold atoms and 84 ligands. It is also the largest gold nanoparticle crystal structure discovered to date (and featured on the front cover of The Journal of the American Chemical Society). We’ve also addressed several decades-long, open questions in our field of research.”

With peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals and research contributions presented at regional, national, and international meetings, he begins a career in research where he can mentor new researchers.