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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:

Research in Dr. Tarabara's group is within the broadly defined area of water quality engineering. Areas of specialization include membrane separation processes and materials science of synthetic membranes.

Education:

Rice University: Ph.D., Environmental Engineering

Awards and Honors:

  • 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 Publications:

  • Dulebohn, J.; Ahmadiannamini, P.; Wang, T.; Kim, S.-S.; Pinnavaia, T. J.; Tarabara, V. V. Polymer mesocomposites: Ultrafiltration membrane materials with enhanced permeability, selectivity and fouling resistance. J. Membr. Sci. 453 (2014) 478–488
  • Darvishzadeh, T.; Tarabara, V. V.; Priezjev, N. V. Oil droplet behavior at a pore entrance in the presence of crossflow: Implications for microfiltration of oil-water dispersions. J. Membr. Sci. 447 (2013) 442-451
  • Crock, C. A.; Rogensues, A. R.; Shan, W.; Tarabara, V. V. Polymer nanocomposites with graphene-based hierarchical fillers as materials for multifunctional water treatment membranes. Water Res. 47 (2013) 3984-3996
  • Taurozzi, J. S.; Crock, C.A.; Tarabara, V. V. C60 -polysulfone nanocomposite membranes: Entropic and enthalpic determinants of C60 aggregation and its effects on membrane properties. Desalination- 269 (2011) 111-119
  • Shan, W.; 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. 349 (2010) 268-278
  • Tarabara, V. V. Multifunctional nanomaterial-enabled membranes for water treatment. In: Nanotechnology Applications; Solutions for Clean Water. Eds: M. Daillo, J. Duncan, N. Savage, R. Sustich, A. Street, 2009. p. 59-75
  • Kim, J.; Shan, W.; 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. 43, 14 (2009) 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.; Tarabara, V. V. Coupled effects of colloidal deposition and salt concentration polarization on reverse osmosis membrane performance. J. Membr. Sci. 293 (2007) 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