Global Institute for Water Security

Academic Background

  • 2005 BSc, University of Regina (Chemistry)
  • 2010 PhD, University of Toronto (Environmental Chemistry)
  • 2010 - 2012 Postdoctoral fellowships, University of California Irvine (Chemistry) and University of Colorado Boulder (Chemistry)
  • 2012 - 2018 Assistant Professor, Syracuse University (Chemistry)
  • 2018 - Assistant Research Professor, Syracuse University (Chemistry)
  • 2018 - Associate Professor, University of Saskatchewan

Research Expertise and Interests

1. Aquatic/ice chemistry: Tara Kahan measure reaction rates of organic pollutants associated with the use of fossil fuels, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes) in liquid water and in ice. She also investigates physical and chemical properties of water and ice samples, and relate these properties to pollutant reactivity. This work will improve predictions of pollutant fate in surface waters and snow-covered regions, and may lead to evidence-based policy such as pollutant emission regulations or remediation strategies.

2. Indoor chemistry: Tara Kahan measures concentrations of oxidants in indoor environments such as houses to better understand indoor chemistry. This work will improve our understanding of the role of chemistry in determining indoor air quality and human health. 

Research Keywords

  • Water quality
  • Aquatic chemistry Snow and polar chemistry
  • Organic pollutants
  • Photochemistry Oxidation