Department of Chemistry Kahan Laboratory

Research Area(s)

  • Reactivity at ice surfaces
  • Fate of pollutants in natural waters
  • Chemistry at urban surfaces
  • Indoor chemistry

About Me

Dr. Kahan is a Full Professor and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Analytical Chemistry. She obtained a B.Sc. degree from the University of Regina and a PhD from the University of Toronto (working with Jamie Donaldson). Tara completed postdoctoral fellowships with John Hemminger (University of California Irvine) and Veronica Vaida (University of Colorado Boulder). After 6 years as an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University, Dr. Kahan joined the University of Saskatchewan as an Associate Professor. Her major research areas are atmospheric chemistry in water and ice, and indoor chemistry.


  • 2023 -          University of Saskatchewan: Professor (Chemistry)
  • 2018 - 2023 University of Saskatchewan: Associate Professor (Chemistry)
  • 2018 -          Syracuse University: Research Assistant Professor (Chemistry)
  • 2012 - 2018 Syracuse University: Assistant Professor (Chemistry)
  • 2011 - 2012 University of Colorado Boulder: Postdoctoral Fellow (Chemistry)
  • 2010 - 2011 University of California Irvine: Postdoctoral Fellow (Chemistry)
  • 2005 - 2010 University of Toronto: PhD Chemistry (Environmental)
  • 2000 - 2004 University of Regina: Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)

Honours and Awards

  • 2023   Chemical Society of Canada Environmental Division Early Career Researcher Award
  • 2021   University of Saskatchewan College of Arts and Sciences New Scientist Research Award
  • 2020   Publication (Young, C. J.; Zhou, S.#; Siegel, J. A.; Kahan, T. F. 2019 Environ. Sci.-Proc. Impacts) nominated for Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts outstanding paper award
  • 2020   Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts Excellent Reviewer Award
  • 2019   Canada Research Chair in Environmental Analytical Chemistry
  • 2018   Meredith Teaching Recognition Award (Syracuse University)
  • 2011   Participant in Atmospheric Chemistry Colloquium for Emerging Senior Scientists (ACCESS)
  • 2011   NIST Boulder Laboratories Postdoctoral Poster Symposium Best Presentation
  • 2010   University of California Irvine Institute of Surface and Interface Science Best Poster Award
  • 2010   NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2008   University of Toronto Centre for Global Change Sciences Graduate Research Award
  • 2007   University of Toronto Environmental Chemistry Colloquium Best Student Presentation
  • 2007   NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral
  • 2006   NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship Doctoral
  • 2002   National Research Council of Canada Scholarship for Women in Engineering and Science