Calderon and Christopher Crock visit MEM-TEK and the Istanbul Technical
University to prepare new graphene-based membranes, learn several
experimental techniques, and attend an international workshop on
membrane bioreactors. Our host is the research team led by Prof. Dr.
Ismail Koyuncu, Director of MEM-TEK. The visit was a part of the project funded by the U.S. NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program.
Dr. Tarabara receives Fulbright fellowship. MSU College of Engineering announcement can be found here.
Guo received Dissertation Completion Fellowship for Spring 2015
semester. Congratulation, Bin, and smooth sailing toward your PhD!
Tummons completes four month research visit to the Singapore Membrane
Technology Center (SMTC) at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
In collaboration with NTU Professors Jia Wei Wang and Anthony
Fane our research group studies behavior of oil droplets at
the membrane surface. The visit was a part of the project funded by the U.S. NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program.
Congratulations to Dr. Pejman Ahmadiannamini
for being awarded European Membrane Society's Early Stage
Our paper on virus concentration has been
accepted for publication in the Journal of Membrane Science:
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. 2014, 469, 140–150.
This is a collaboration with our MSU colleagues Merlin Bruening
(Chemistry), Syed Hashsham (Environmental Engineering), Irene
Xagoraraki (Environmental Engineering), and Kristin Parent
(Biochemistry and Molecular Biology).
to Brian Starr for the 1st place in the poster competition at the 2014
MSU Engineering Graduate Symposium (Environmental Engineering
category). Brian presented poster "Produced Water
Treatment Using Hybrid Hydrocyclone-Membrane Technology"
based on the project he has been working on together
with Dr. Andrii Gorobets. This is a collaboration between
our group and our colleagues from MSU Departments of
Mechanical Engineering (Dr. Benard's group) and Chemistry
(Dr. Bruening's group).
||Congratulations to Claudio Calderon. His summer research has been
recognized by 2013 Exemplary Summer Research Citation by the Committee
on Institutional Cooperation, MSU Summer Research Opportunity Program
and the University of Michigan.
Our paper on polymer mesocomposite membranes has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Membrane Science:
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
This is a collaboration with Dr. Thomas Pinnavaia's group from MSU Department of Chemistry.
to Emily Tummons for winning 1st place award for her presentation
"Mechanisms of Membrane-Based Separations of Oil-Water Emulsions" in
the Detection, Treatment and Modeling Technologies session at
the ESPP Research Symposium.
Crock, Hang Shi and Emily Tummons pass their PhD preliminary exams. Bin
Guo and Hien Dang pass their qualifiers. Congratulations, folks!
Our paper on the behavior of oil droplets in the vicinity of a micropore is published in the Journal of Membrane Science:
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. 2013, 447, 442-451.(pdf).
This is a collaboration with Dr. Nikolai Priezjev.
Cross-sectional profiles of an oil droplet residing on the circular pore of 0.5 micron diameter
for several values of the capillary number, Ca.
Our paper on graphene nanocomposite membranes
is now published:
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. 2013, 47, 3984-3996 (pdf)
Our paper "Microsized particles of Aza222
polymer as a regenerable ultrahigh affinity sorbent for the
removal of mercury from aqueous solutions" is accepted for
publication in Separ. Purif. Technol.
This is a collaboration
with Dr. Ned
Jackson's research group from MSU Chemistry.
Adsorption isotherm for the mercury uptake by Aza222 sorbent
Claudio Calderon (University of New Orleans)
will be joining the group as an undergraduate researcher.
Claudio will spend two months with us studying viscous fingering
in oil-water systems.
Andrii Gorobets joins the group as a postdoctoral
||Hang Shi presents an award-winning poster at the
MSU Engineering graduate research symposium.
Emily Tummons passes her PhD qualifying exam.
Congratulations Emily and Hang!
Chris Crock and Hang Shi pass their PhD qualifying
exams. Congratulations Chris and Hang!
New grant "PIRE:
Water and Commerce- Technologies to Enable Environmental
Sustainability in Global Markets" is awarded. This
is an international, multidisciplinary project involving
research teams from USA (Duke University, MSU, North Carolina
Central University), Singapore (National University of Singapore,
Nanyang Technological University), Turkey (Istanbul Technical
University, Gebze Institute of Technology), and France (Centre
Européen de Recherche et d'Enseignement des Géosciences
de l'Environnement). The award is from the NSF Office of
International Science and Engineering.
Ryan McIntyre joins the group. Ryan is supported
through the Professorial
Drs. Pejman Ahmadiannamini and Miguel Herrera-Robledo join
the group as postdoctoral researchers.
Christopher Crock, Hien Dang, and Bin Guo are new PhD students
in the group.
Supported by a fellowship from the Higher Education Commission
of Pakistan, Hira Amjad joins the Tarabara lab as a visiting
||2012 Engineering Distinguished Fellowship and 2012 Engineering
Excellence Fellowship are awarded to Christopher Crock and
Bin Guo, respectively. Congratulations to Chris and Bin on
this well deserved recognition!
||Congratulations to Dr. Elodie Pasco, Adam Rogensues,
Chris Crock, and Bin Guo on successfully defending their theses
||SBIR grant "Polymer mesocomposites: Novel
materials for compaction-resistant, high-flux water treatment
membranes" is awarded to our partner InPore
Technologies, Inc. Our group is a subcontractor on the
project. The award is from the NSF Division of Industrial
Innovation and Partnerships.
Adam Wingate participates in the Summer Undergraduate
Research Forum and presents a poster describing his work on the
design of a catalytic UV reactor.
Emily Tummons travels to Singapore to Singapore International
Water Week and the NTU-MSU International Conference on the Economics
and Policy of Water and the Environment.
Chris Crock delivers his presentation "Mixed matrix materials
with hierarchical fillers for multifunctional membranes"
at 2012 NAMS meeting in New Orleans, LA. His attendance is supported
by the travel award for the best presentation at MSU grad research
symposium, NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education
grant, and funding from MSU College of Engineering and MSU Graduate
Adam Wingate, a Chemical Engineering senior, joins the group
to work on UV disinfection of viruses. Adam's work is supported
by the MSU College of Engineering Summer research internship.
||Congratulations to Chris - he is the recipient
of the 2012 Outstanding Environmental Engineering MS student
Elodie Pasco gives her presentation "Polyelectrolyte
multilayer films as sacrificial membrane coatings: A novel concept
for virus recovery for detection" at the ACS national meeting
in San Diego, CA. Elodie's attendance is supported by the travel
award for the best presentation at MSU grad research symposium
and the NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education
Kateryna Guzykevych, a Ph.D. visiting scholar, joins our group
for a semester-long visit. Katya is a member of the membrane research
group at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine.
Chris and Elodie deliver award-winning presentations at the MSU
Engineering graduate research symposium
November - December 2011:
Chris Crock together with Nick White (research group of Dr. Merlin
Bruening, MSU Chemistry) visit with the research group of Professor
Ismail Koyuncu at the Istanbul Technical University. Chris and
Nick, together with ITU students, work at the newly established
National Research Center on Membrane Technologies, MEM-TEK.
Professor Dmytro Rudakov from Ukraine's National Mining University
visits MSU to work on the membrane distillation project co-funded
by the MSU Strategic Partnership grant "Advanced membrane
technologies for a sustainable future."
Emily Tummons and Hang Shi join the group as Ph.D. students.
Group's rooting interests, which used to be undividedly with Spartans,
are now partly with Kansas State Wildcats and .... Michigan Wolverines.
Emily Tummons is awarded National Science Foundation Graduate
Research Fellowship and MSU's University Distinguished Fellowship.
- Elodie Pasco visited Singapore to attend the 2011 Singapore
International Water Week and to visit the lab of our colleague,
Dr. Jiangyang Hu at the National University of Singapore.
- Our paper on the effect of pre-ozonation on UF and NF flux
and rejection of organics is published in the Separation and
Purification journal. Seokjong Byun, Julian Taurozzi, and Fulin
are among co-authors.
June - August 2011:
Nina DiFranco, a high school research intern, worked with Elodie
Pasco and Bin Guo on the development of a novel UV reactor for
virus inactivation and removal. Nina learned basics of photocatalysis,
photocatalyst preparation and characterization and carried out
experiments on testing photocatalytic performance of several nanomaterials
in batch systems with suspended and immobilized nanocatalyst.
On August 2, Nina gave a presentation on her research to the 2011
Elodie gives a talk at the 11th American Water Works Association
Membrane Technology Conference, Long Beach, CA. The presentation
describes Wenqian's and Elodie's results on the development of
polyelectrolyte membranes for softening and virus removal.
The group attends Borchardt conference in Ann Arbor. Elodie and
Chris participate in the poster session.
- Our paper on C60-PSf nanocomposite membranes is published
in Desalination. Julian Taurozzi and Chris Crock are among co-authors.
- Tyler Rafferty joins the group
Our paper "Crystallization of calcium sulfate dihydrate
in the presence of colloidal silica" is published in the
Industrial and chemical Engineering Research journal. Fulin Wang
and Tom Davis are among co-authors.
||Wenqian defends her Ph.D. dissertation. Congratulations,
Congratulations to Wenqian - she is the recipient of the 2010
Outstanding Graduate Student Award!
Sophie Carrell and Guanhong Xie have joined the group. Sophie
will work with Wenqian on the synthesis of high flux membranes.
Guanhong's MS research will be on the the treatment of
produced water generated from wellheads at offshore platforms
during oil and gas production.
Congratulations to (now Dr.) Julian Taurozzi on the successful
defense of his PhD. dissertation! Julian will be taking on a postdoctoral
position, which is joint between NIST
and Duke University. We'll
miss you, Julian. Good luck and lets stay in touch!
Tom Davis has joined the group. Tom will work with Wenqian on
the crossflow filtration hydrocyclone project funded by NSF and
Congratulations to Julian Taurozzi, the recipient of 2009 Outstanding
Graduate Student Award.
Congratulations to Elodie, Daniel, Joshua, and Hari:
- Daniel Haldar (HSHSP) became a semifinalist of the Siemens-Westinghouse
Science Talent Search competition
- Hari Arul took 3 rd place in the Intel International Science
& Engineering Fair
- Elodie Pasco received John P. Hennessey Scholarship from the
Michigan Water Environment Association
- Joshua Christy placed 3rd in Flint Area Science Fair, participated
in the Michigan State Science and Engineering Fair, and won
the Certificate of Achievement from the Michigan Society of
August 2008: Fulin Wang successfully defends
his PhD dissertation. Congratulations, Dr. Wang!!!
December 2007 : Graduate students Adam Rogensues
and Elodie Pasco join the group
November 2007 : Wenqian Shan together with Lu
Ouyang (Bruening group, MSU Chemistry) were awarded diploma for
their contribution to the project NANOMEMCAT: "Tailor-made CATalytic
MEMbrane reactors with NANOstructured functional geometries for
intensified chemical production". The project has been awarded
the first prize in the"Synchronizing European Research" activity
in NanoMemCourse EF1: "Nanostructured Materials and Membranes,
Synthesis and Characterization" held in Zaragoza, Spain
September 2007: Fulin Wang receives dissertation
completion fellowship from the College of Engineering
March 2007 : Julian Taurozzi is awarded Nordberg
Fellowship by the CEE department in recognition of significant
research contributions toward his PhD dissertation
February 2007: Our recent ES&T paper on
nC60 toxicity is #9 on the list of most accessed papers in Oct-Dec
January 2007 : Dr. Seokjong Byun, a visiting
scholar from Korea
Institute of Science and Technology , joins the group
January 2007: Adam Rogensues is awarded 2007
AWWA Fellowship for Water Quality and Treatment Study
December 2006: Our paper on membrane-based SERS
sensors is published in the Environmental Engineering Science
journal: Taurozzi, J., V. V. Tarabara . Silver nanoparticle arrays
on track etch membrane support as flow-through optical sensors
for water quality control. Environ. Eng. Sci. 24 , 1, 122 -137
November 2006: Our paper on nC60 toxicity is
published in ES&T: Dhawan, A., Taurozzi, J. S., Pandey, A.
K., Shan, W., Miller, S. M., Hashsham, S. A., V. V. Tarabara .
Stable colloidal dispersions of C 60 fullerenes in water: Evidence
for genotoxicity. Environ. Sci. Technol 40 , 23, 7394 - 7401 (2006).
November 2006: Volodymyr Bosak, a visiting Ph.
D. student from the Membrane Science group at the Kyiv-Mohyla
Academy in Ukraine joined the team for a month-long research
November 2006: Two talks were given by our group
members at Fall 2006 CEE research symposium: (1) "Effects of ozonation
on permeate flux in hybrid ozonation-membrane process" by Jon
Kim, and (2) "Nanoparticles removal from drinking water supply:
characterization of products formed during ozonation of aqueous
colloidal fullerenes" by Alla Alpatova
November 2006: Three talks were given at 2006
AIChE Annual meeting by our group: (1) " SERS-active silver nanoparticle
arrays on track etch membrane support as flow-through water quality
sensors" by Julian Taurozzi, (2) " Coupled effects of salt concentration
polarization and colloidal deposition on the performance of reverse
osmosis membranes" by Fulin Wang, and (3) " Stable colloidal dispersions
of C 60 fullerenes in water: Evidence for genotoxicity" by Volodymyr
March 2006: Alla Alpatova has joined the group.
Alla will be working on the nanofiltration-ozonation project funded
through the NSF NIRT program
January 2006: Our group together with the
Bruening group has received NAMS student internship award
for the project “International research internships: Membrane
separations for water quality control"
January 2006: Dr. Jeonghwan (Jon) Kim has joined
our NIRT team as a postdoctoral research associate. At MSU, Jeonghwan
will work on the project with us and our NIRT partners: Dr. Melissa
Baumann (MSU), Dr. Susan Masten (McMaster University), and Dr.
Simon Davies (McMaster University)
January 2006: Wenqian Shan and Gautam Chalasani
have joined the group in the Spring'06 semester
December 2005: Fulin Wang presented talk "Colloidal
fouling of reverse osmosis membranes" at CEE research symposium
October 2005: Julian Taurozzi received McCowan
Fellowship for Spring 2006 from CEE Department in recognition
of his research contributions toward his PhD dissertation. Congratulations
October 2005: Julian Taurozzi received a Certificate
of Merit award for the outstanding paper "Membrane-supported nanoparticle
sensors for water quality control" co-authored with Volodymyr
Tarabara and presented at the AEESP-ACS Symposium on Environmental
Nanotechnology, 230th ACS National Meeting in Washington, DC
April 2005: Volodymyr Tarabara presented talk
"Coupled effects of scaling and colloidal deposition on the performance
of reverse osmosis membrane filters" at the Research Advisory
Board meeting of the National Water Research Institute in Santa
January 2005: Julian Taurozzi has joined our
group as a Ph.D. student
October 2004: Fulin Wang presented poster "Desalination
using membranes: coupled effects of colloidal deposition and solution
chemistry on permeate flux" at the CEE Research Open House
August 2004: Fulin Wang has joined the group
as a Ph.D. student