Welcome to the Kahan research group! We study environmental and atmospheric chemistry relevant to everything from polar regions to oceans to polluted cities to the indoors.

We are currently accepting dedicated graduate students for several projects. Learn about our research here.

group and Cooper summer 2014


Oct. 2016: A second collaborative paper with Dr. Ian Hosein’s group has been accepted for publication by ACS Macro Letters. Phil performed Raman microscopy measurements for this work.

Oct. 2016: Congratulations to Jarod for successfully defending his PhD! The first Kahan group graduate has accepted a research position with the EPA in North Carolina.

Aug. 2016:              Albanie is awarded a Sam and Arlene Straight Chemistry Scholarship. Congratulations!

Aug. 2016               Alexa and Albanie’s work on photolysis of substituted benzenes at ice surfaces is published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry A! (DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.6b05595)

Feb. 2016               Our collaborative work with Dr. Ian Hosein’s group in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Physical Chemistry C! (DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b11377)

Jan. 2016               Jarod’s paper on hydroxyl radical production via bacteria-assisted dark Fenton chemistry has been accepted for publication by Environmental Chemistry! (DOI: 10.1071/EN15256)

Dec. 2015              The Kahan group article on PAH photolysis in organic and aqueous environments is accepted for publication by Atmospheric Environment. Congratulations Jarod, Adam, and Makena! (DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.12.049 )

Dec. 2015              Congratulations to Kyle for receiving an NSF NRT EMPOWER fellowship to study environmental chemistry at Syracuse University!

Sep 2015               Tara receives an NSF CAREER award to study chemistry at ice surfaces!

July 2015               Tara hosts young women participating in a summer science camp for a day on campus. The day, organized in collaboration with Dr. Melissa Green in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, features activities including listening to whale sounds, watching fresh lava flow, and learning about water remediation. Watch the video here!

June 2015             Tara is part of a $3 million NSF award to train graduate students studying the water-energy nexus. Learn about the EMPOWER program here!

June 2015             Congratulations to Nabil Khan on graduating with a degree in chemical engineering and a minor in chemistry! We wish him the best at Columbia University, where he will pursue a masters degree in chemical engineering.

Dec 2014              Tara is featured in an article about new teaching instrumentation in the chemistry department.

Aug 2014              Tara and Jarod present at the American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco.

July 2014              Cooper is welcomed as the official Kahan Lab mascot.

June 2014             Tara receives an ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award.

June 2014             Congratulations to Nabil and Cara on receiving NSF REU awards! Here’s to a fun summer of environmental chemistry!

Mar. 2014              The first Kahan group article is published: Nonchromophoric organic matter suppresses polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon photolysis in ice and at ice surfaces. Congratulations Phil!

Dec. 2013             Tara attends the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco. 22,000 attendees this year!

July 2013              Tara attends the atmospheric chemistry Gordon conference in Vermont.

June 2013             Tara attends OASIS workshop in Telluride, CO.

April 2013             Congratulations to Adam for receiving an NSF REU scholarship!

April 2013             Congratulations to Nabil for being selected to work in Dr. Faye McNeill’s lab for the summer!

Jan. 2012              We measure our first photolysis kinetics on ice and on fake snow.

Jan. 2012              Makena and Nabil stop spending all their time collecting samples outside and join us in the lab.

Nov. 2012            The first three graduate students of the Kahan lab (Phil, Shawn, and Jarod) make their debuts.

Oct. 2012             Makena and Nabil start collecting “urban samples” around Syracuse.

Sep. 2012             Adam and Andreacarola are the first students to join the Kahan lab. They get to work measuring photolysis kinetics of organic pollutants.


Contact Tara:
CST 2-052 Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY  13244
Phone: (315) 443-3285
Email: tfkahan (at) syr.edu