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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)


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.


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