Tarabara research group
Environmental nanotechnology: membranes, particles, interfaces




April 2015

Besarion Lasareishvili (Agricultural University of Georgia) will be joining our group as a Visiting Scholar in July 2015 for a 5 month research visit.  Beso is one of eight grantees of the 2013 Georgia Early Career Scholars program jointly funded by the Civilian Research and Development Foundation, the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation, and the Georgian Research and Development Foundation.

Bihter Zeytuncu (Istanbul Technical University) will be joining our group as a Visiting Research Scholar in July 2015 for a one year research stay. Bihter's visit will be supported by a grant from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK).

September 2014

Claudio 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.

Left: Chris Crock and Reyhan Sengür making hollow fiber membranes
Right: Claudio Calderon is learning dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) for membrane testing


July 2014

Bin Guo received Dissertation Completion Fellowship for Spring 2015 semester. Congratulation, Bin, and smooth sailing toward your PhD!

June 2014

Emily 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.

Emily at SMTC

June 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Pejman Ahmadiannamini for being awarded European Membrane Society's Early Stage Researcher Grant.

June 2014

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).

April 2014

Congratulations 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).

mesocomposite UF membrane

January 2014

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.

November 2013

Congratulations 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.

Emily ESPP Symposium

November 2013

Chris Crock, Hang Shi and Emily Tummons pass their PhD preliminary exams. Bin Guo and Hien Dang pass their qualifiers. Congratulations, folks!

May 2013

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.

December 2012:

Andrii Gorobets joins the group as a postdoctoral researcher.

November 2012:

Hang Shi presents an award-winning poster at the MSU Engineering graduate research symposium.

Hang Engineering grad symposium

Emily Tummons passes her PhD qualifying exam.

Congratulations Emily and Hang!

October 2012:

Chris Crock and Hang Shi pass their PhD qualifying exams. Congratulations Chris and Hang!

September 2012:

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 Assistantship program.

August 2012:

New grant "Collaborative Research: Virus removal in membrane bioreactors: Role of virus aggregation and adhesion" is awarded. This is a collaboration between our team and research groups of Irene Xagoraraki (MSU) and Helen Nguyen (UIUC). The award is from the NSF Environmental Engineering program (CBET division).

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 PhD student.

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 this summer.

July 2012:

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.

June 2012:

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 School.

May 2012:

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.

New grant "Affinity-based hydrocyclone filter for oil-water separation and oil spill cleanup" is awarded. This is a collaboration between our team and research groups of Merlin Bruening (MSU Chemistry), Andre Benard (MSU Mechanical Engineering) and LSU AgCenter Research & Extension. The award is from the EPA STAR "Environmental impact and mitigation of oil spills" program.

March 2012:

Congratulations to Chris - he is the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Environmental Engineering MS student award!

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 grant.

January 2012:

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.

November 2011:

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.

November 2011:

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."

September 2011:

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.

May 2011:

Emily Tummons is awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and MSU's University Distinguished Fellowship. Congratulations, Emily!

July 2011:

  • 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 HSHSP cohort.

March 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.

February 2011:

The group attends Borchardt conference in Ann Arbor. Elodie and Chris participate in the poster session.

October 2010:

  • 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

September 2010:

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.

July 2010:

Wenqian defends her Ph.D. dissertation. Congratulations, Dr. Shan!

March 2010:

Congratulations to Wenqian - she is the recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Graduate Student Award!

January 2010:

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.

Fall 2009:

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!

July 2009:

Tom Davis has joined the group. Tom will work with Wenqian on the crossflow filtration hydrocyclone project funded by NSF and MI Swaco.

February 2009:

Congratulations to Julian Taurozzi, the recipient of 2009 Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

January 2009:

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 Professional Engineers.

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 2006

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 Michigan Section 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 (2007).

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 visit.

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 Tarabara

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 to Julian!

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 Ana, CA

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