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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)


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.


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