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Volodymyr V. Tarabara, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Associate Director, Environmental Science & Policy Program

Civil and Environmental Engineering
3564 Engineering Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: (517) 432-1755
Fax: (517) 432-1827
E-Mail: tarabara@msu.edu
Web: http://www.egr.msu.edu/~tarabara

Courses Taught:

  • Dynamics of Environmental Systems (ENE801)
  • Membrane Processes (ENE811)
  • Physicochemical Processes in Environmental Engineering (ENE802)
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Analysis: Statistics and Probability (CE272)

Recent Research:

  • Collaborative Research: Virus removal in membrane bioreactors: Role of virus aggregation and adhesion (National Science Foundation)
  • PIRE: Water and Commerce - Technologies to enable environmental sustainability in global markets (National Science Foundation)
  • Affinity-based hydrocyclone filter for oil-water separation and oil spill cleanup (Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Multifunctional nanomaterial-enabled membranes for water treatment and reuse (Water Environment Research Foundation)
  • Advanced membrane technologies for a sustainable future (MSU Strategic Partnership Grants program)
  • PIRE: New generation synthetic membranes - Nanotechnology for drinking water safety (National Science Foundation)

Interests:

Dr. Tarabara's research is in the area of water quality engineering with an emphasis on membrane separation processes. Current projects focus on virus removal and detection, liquid-liquid separation, and membrane reactors.

Education:

Rice University: Ph.D., Environmental Engineering

Awards and Honors:

  • 2014 Fulbright U.S. Scholar award (host country: Republic of Georgia)
  • 2011 Paul L. Busch Award, Water Environment Research Foundation
  • 2010 John K. Hudzik Emerging Leader in Advancing International Studies and Programs award, MSU
  • 2009-10 Lilly teaching fellow, MSU
  • 2003 Graduate research award in membrane-based separations, American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Selected Journal Publications:

  • Crock, C. A.; Tarabara, V. V. Pd and Pd-Au nanocatalysts supported on exfoliated graphite for high throughput dehalogenation by nanocomposite membranes. Environ. Sci.: Nano. 2016. DOI: 10.1039/c5en00245a
  • Tummons, E. N.; Tarabara, V. V.; Chew, J.-W.; Fane, A. G. Behavior of oil droplets at the membrane surface during crossflow microfiltration of oil-water emulsions. J. Membr. Sci. 2016, 500, 211-224.
  • Ji, P.; Motin, A.; Shan, W.; Bénard, A.; Bruening, M. L.; Tarabara, V. V. Dynamic crossflow filtration with a rotating tubular membrane: Using centripetal force to decrease fouling by buoyant particles. Chem. Eng. Res. Des. 2016, 106, 101-114.
  • Guo, B.; Pasco, E. V.; Xagoraraki, I.; Tarabara, V. V. Virus removal and inactivation in a hybrid microfiltration-UV process with a photocatalytic membrane. Separ. Purif. Technol. 149 (2015) 245–254.
  • Ahmadiannamini, P.; Bruening, M. L.; Tarabara, V. V. Sacrificial polyelectrolyte multilayer coatings as an approach to membrane fouling control: Disassembly and regeneration mechanisms. J. Membr. Sci. 491 (2015) 149–158.
  • Yin, Z.; Tarabara, V. V.; Xagoraraki, I. Human adenovirus removal by hollow fiber membranes: Effect of membrane fouling by suspended and dissolved matter. J. Membr. Sci. 482 (2015) 120–127.
  • Byun, S.; Taurozzi, J. S.; Tarabara, V. V. Ozonation as a pretreatment for nanofiltration: Effect of oxidation pathway on the permeate flux. Separ. Purif. Technol. 2015, 149, 174–182.
  • Amjad, H.; Khan, Z.; Tarabara, V. V. Fractal structure and permeability of membrane cake layers: Effect of coagulation-flocculation and settling as pretreatment steps. Separ. Purif. Technol. 2015, 143, 40-51.
  • Pasco, E. V.; Shi, H.; Xagoraraki, I.; Hashsham, S. A.; Parent, K. N.; Bruening, M. L.; Tarabara, V. V. Polyelectrolyte multilayers as anti-adhesive membrane coatings for virus concentration and recovery. J. Membr. Sci. 469 (2014) 140–150.
  • Shan, W. Q.; Bacchin, P.; Aimar, P.; Bruening, M. L.; Tarabara, V. V. Polyelectrolyte multilayer films as backflushable nanofiltration membranes with tunable hydrophilicity and surface charge. J. Membr. Sci. 2010, 349 (1-2), 268-278.
  • Kim, J.; Shan, W. Q.; Davies, S. H. R.; Baumann, M. J.; Masten, S. J.; Tarabara, V. V. Interactions of aqueous NOM with nanoscale TiO2: Implications for ceramic membrane filtration-ozonation hybrid process. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2009, 43 (14), 5488-5494.
  • Taurozzi, J. S.; Arul, H.; Bosak, V. Z.; Burban, A. F.; Voice, T. C.; Bruening, M. L.; Tarabara, V. V. Effect of filler incorporation route on the properties of polysulfone–silver nanocomposite membranes of different porosities. J. Membr. Sci. 325 (2008) 58-68.
  • Wang, F. L.; Tarabara, V. V. Coupled effects of colloidal deposition and salt concentration polarization on reverse osmosis membrane performance. J. Membr. Sci. 2007, 293 (1-2), 111-123.
Phone: (517) 355-5107 Fax: (517) 432-1827 E-mail: cee@egr.msu.edu
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michigan State University
Engineering Building
428 S. Shaw Lane, Room 3546
East Lansing, MI 48824