Tarnuma Tabassum

Tarnuma Tabassum
Graduate Student Researcher

Office Location

PSBN 4623



Tarnuma is coadvised by Prof. Susannah Scott (ChE) and Prof. Songi Han (DCB). She works on synthesis and characterization of heterogeneous catalytic systems using EPR techniques. Using a highly sensitive technique like EPR may allow better understanding of some of the more elusive mechanisms involved in these systems. This information can be applied to improve factors such as catalytic activity, efficiency, and selectivity. She is currently focusing on understanding supported vanadium- and rhenium-based systems which are widely used in olefin metathesis/polymerization reactions.


  • 2011 - 2015: B.A., Chemistry (Major), Mathematics (Minor), magna cum laude, Mount Holyoke College (Advisor: Prof. Wei Chen)
  • 2015 - present: Graduate Student Researcher, Chemistry, University of California - Santa Barbara (Coadvisors: Prof. Songi Han and Prof. Susannah Scott)


  • 2014: Summer Research Participant, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Kansas (with Prof. Michael Wang)
  • 2014 - 2015: PLUMS Mentor, Mount Holyoke College.