Tarnuma Tabassum

Surface Characterization
Heterogeneous Catalysis

Office Location

ESB 3411


Tarnuma's research focuses on the characterization of supported catalytic materials under the direction of Prof. Susannah Scott and Prof. Songi Han. Her interests lie in using advanced magnetic resonance techniques, including both EPR and NMR, to investigate the structural driving forces and underlying mechanisms that dictate kinetic effects in 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.


  • 2018: Chateaubriand Fellow, Embassy of France
  • 2018: IRES ACalNet Fellow, UCSB
  • 2018: Crossroads Interdisciplinary Fellow, UCSB
  • 2017: Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow, UCSB
  • 2015: Mary Lyon Scholar, Mount Holyoke College