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Dr. Tara Kahan PhD Associate Professor

Faculty Member in Chemistry

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Research Area(s)

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

About Me

Tara obtained a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Regina and a PhD in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Toronto where she worked with Jamie Donaldson. During her PhD she investigated physical and chemical processes of atmospheric species at ice surfaces. Tara completed two postdoctoral fellowships (at University of California Irvine with John Hemminger and at University of Colorado Boulder with Veronica Vaida). Tara was an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University from 2012 to 2018. In August 2018 she joined the Chemistry Department at the University of Saskatchewan as an Associate Professor. Her research program at SU focuses on the fate of pollutants in water and ice, chemistry at urban surfaces, and indoor chemistry.


  • 2018 -         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)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Chemical Society
  • Member, American Geophysical Union
  • Member, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)