Tarabara research group
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michigan State University



Edited books

Hoek, E. M. V.; Tarabara, V. V. (Eds). Encyclopedia of Membrane Science and Technology, John Wiley & Sons, 2013

Refereed journal articles
  1. 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.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.cherd.2015.11.007 
  2. 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.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2015.11.005
  3. Yin, Z.; Tarabara, V. V.; Xagoraraki, I. Effect of pressure relaxation and membrane backwash on adenovirus removal in a membrane bioreactor. Water Res. 2016, 88, 750–757.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2015.10.066
  4. Lu, R.; Li, Q.; Yin, Z.; Xagoraraki, I.; Tarabara, V. V.; Nguyen, T. H. Effect of virus influent concentration on its removal by microfiltration: the case of human adenovirus 2. J. Membr. Sci. 2016, 497, 120–127.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2015.08.065
  5. Yang, Z.; Tarabara, V. V.; Bruening, M. L. Adsorption of anionic or cationic surfactants in polyanionic brushes and its effect on brush swelling and fouling resistance during emulsion filtration. Langmuir. 2015, 31 (43), 11790–11799.
    DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b01938
  6. 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. 2015, 491, 149–158.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2015.04.041
  7. 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. 2015, 149, 245–254.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2015.05.039
  8. 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.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2015.05.035
  9. 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. 2015, 482, 120–127.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2015.02.028
  10. 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.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2015.01.020
  11. Motin, A.; Tarabara, V. V.; Bénard, A. Numerical investigation of the performance and hydrodynamics of a rotating tubular membrane used for liquid–liquid separation. J. Membr. Sci. 2015, 473, 245–255.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2014.09.025
  12. 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.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2014.06.032
  13. 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. 2014, 453, 478–488.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2013.11.042
  14. Redko, M. Y.; Manes, K. M.; Taurozzi, J. S.; Jackson, J. E.; Tarabara, V. V. Synthesis and characterization of Aza222-based polymers for the removal of mercury from aqueous solutions.  React. Funct. Polym.  2014, 74, 90–100.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.reactfunctpolym.2013.10.010
  15. 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. 2013, 447, 442-451.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2013.07.029
  16. Taurozzi, J. S.; Redko, M. Y.; Manes, K. M.; Jackson, J. E.; Tarabara, V. V. Microsized particles of Aza222 polymer as a regenerable ultrahigh affinity sorbent for the removal of mercury from aqueous solutions. Separ. Purif. Technol. 2013, 116, 415-425.
  17. 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.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2012.10.057
  18. Taurozzi, J. S.; Crock, C. A.; Tarabara, V. V. C60-polysulfone nanocomposite membranes: Entropic and enthalpic determinants of C-60 aggregation and its effects on membrane properties. Desalination 2011, 269 (1-3), 111-119.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2010.10.049
  19. Corneal, L. M.; Baumann, M. J.; Masten, S. J.; Davies, S. H. R.; Tarabara, V. V.; Byun, S. Mn oxide coated catalytic membranes for hybrid ozonation-membrane filtration: Membrane microstructural characterization. J. Membr. Sci. 2011, 369 (1-2), 182-187.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2010.11.071
  20. Byun, S.; Taurozzi, J. S.; Alpatova, A. L.; Wang, F.; Tarabara, V. V. Performance of polymeric membranes treating ozonated surface water: Effect of ozone dosage. Separ. Purif. Technol. 2011, 81 (3), 270-278.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2011.07.021
  21. Byun, S.; Davies, S. H.; Alpatova, A. L.; Corneal, L. M.; Baumann, M. J.; Tarabara, V. V.; Masten, S. J. Mn oxide coated catalytic membranes for a hybrid ozonation-membrane filtration: Comparison of Ti, Fe and Mn oxide coated membranes for water quality. Water Res. 2011, 45 (1), 163-170.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2010.08.031
  22. Wang, F. L.; Davis, T. E.; Tarabara, V. V. Crystallization of calcium sulfate dihydrate in the presence of colloidal silica. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2010, 49 (22), 11344-11350.
    DOI: 10.1021/ie100309b
  23. 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.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2009.11.059
  24. Davies, S. H. R.; Baumann, M. J.; Byun, S.; Corneal, L. M.; Tarabara, V. V.; Masten, S. J. Fabrication of catalytic ceramic membranes for water filtration. Water Sci. Technol. 2010, 10, 81-86.
    DOI: 10.2166/ws.2010.789
  25. Corneal, L. M.; Masten, S. J.; Davies, S. H. R.; Tarabara, V. V.; Byun, S.; Baumann, M. J. AFM, SEM and EDS characterization of manganese oxide coated ceramic water filtration membranes. J. Membr. Sci. 2010, 360 (1-2), 292-302.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2010.05.026
  26. Alpatova, A. L.; Shan, W. Q.; Babica, P.; Upham, B. L.; Rogensues, A. R.; Masten, S. J.; Drown, E.; Mohanty, A. K.; Alocilja, E. C.; Tarabara, V. V. Single-walled carbon nanotubes dispersed in aqueous media via non-covalent functionalization: Effect of dispersant on the stability, cytotoxicity, and epigenetic toxicity of nanotube suspensions. Water Res. 2010, 44 (2), 505-520.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2009.09.042
  27. Wang, F. L.; Tarabara, V. V. Permeability of fiber-filled porous media: Kozeny-Carman-Ethier modeling approach. Environ. Eng. Sci. 2009, 26 (6), 1149-1155.
    DOI: 10.1089/ees.2008.0401
  28. 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.
    DOI: 10.1021/es900342q
  29. Wang, F. L.; Tarabara, V. V. Pore blocking mechanisms during early stages of membrane fouling by colloids. J. Colloid Interface Sci. 2008, 328 (2), 464-469.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2008.09.028
  30. 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. 2008, 325 (1), 58-68.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2008.07.010
  31. Kim, J.; Davies, S. H. R.; Baumann, M. J.; Tarabara, V. V.; Masten, S. J. Effect of ozone dosage and hydrodynamic conditions on the permeate flux in a hybrid ozonation-ceramic ultrafiltration system treating natural waters. J. Membr. Sci. 2008, 311 (1-2), 165-172.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2007.12.010
  32. 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.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2007.02.003
  33. Taurozzi, J. S.; Tarabara, V. V., Silver nanoparticle arrays on track etch membrane support as flow-through optical sensors for water quality control. Environ. Eng. Sci. 2007, 24 (1), 122-137.
    DOI: 10.1089/ees.2007.24.122
  34. Chen, X. Y.; Wang, J.; Paszti, Z.; Wang, F. L.; Schrauben, J. N.; Tarabara, V. V.; Schmaier, A. H.; Chen, Z. Ordered adsorption of coagulation factor XII on negatively charged polymer surfaces probed by sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy. Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 2007, 388 (1), 65-72.
    DOI: ​10.​1007/​s00216-006-0999-8
  35. Dhawan, A.; Taurozzi, J. S.; Pandey, A. K.; Shan, W. Q.; Miller, S. M.; Hashsham, S. A.; Tarabara, V. V. Stable colloidal dispersions of C-60 fullerenes in water: Evidence for genotoxicity. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2006, 40 (23), 7394-7401.
    DOI: 10.1021/es0609708
  36. Wiesner, M. R.; Tarabara, V.; Cortalezzi, M. Processes of particle deposition in membrane operation and fabrication. Water Sci. Technol. 2005, 51 (6-7), 345-348.
  37. Tarabara, V. V.; Wiesner, M. R. Physical and transport properties of bentonite-cement composites: A new material for in situ capping of contaminated underwater sediments. Environ. Eng. Sci. 2005, 22 (5), 578-590.
    DOI: 10.1089/ees.2005.22.578
  38. Tarabara, V. V.; Koyuncu, I.; Wiesner, M. R. Effect of hydrodynamics and solution ionic strength on permeate flux in cross-flow filtration: direct experimental observation of filter cake cross-sections. J. Membr. Sci. 2004, 241 (1), 65-78.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2004.04.030
  39. Tarabara, V. V.; Wiesner, M. R. Computational fluid dynamics modeling of the flow in a laboratory membrane filtration cell operated at low recoveries. Chem. Eng. Sci. 2003, 58 (1), 239-246.
    DOI: 10.1016/S0009-2509(02)00436-0
  40. Tarabara, V. V.; Pierrisnard, F.; Parron, C.; Bottero, J. Y.; Wiesner, M. R. Morphology of deposits formed from chemically heterogeneous suspensions: Application to membrane filtration. J. Colloid Interface Sci. 2002, 256 (2), 367-377.
    DOI: 10.1006/jcis.2002.8617
  41. Tarabara, V. V.; Hovinga, R. M.; Wiesner, M. R. Constant transmembrane pressure vs. constant permeate flux: Effect of particle size on crossflow membrane filtration. Environ. Eng. Sci. 2002, 19 (6), 343-355.
    DOI: 10.1089/109287502320963355
  42. Tarabara, V. V.; Wiesner, M. R., Effect of collision efficiency on the evolution of the surface of diffusion-limited deposits. J. Colloid Interface Sci. 2001, 237 (1), 150-151.
    DOI: 10.1006/jcis.2001.7479
  43. Tarabara, V.; Hovinga, R.; Wiesner, M. Transient permeate flux analysis: model validation. Water Sci. Technol.: Water Supply 2001, 1 (5-6), 21-30.
  44. Tarabara, V. V.; Nabiev, I. R.; Feofanov, A. V. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) study of mercaptoethanol monolayer assemblies on silver citrate hydrosol. Preparation and characterization of modified hydrosol as a SERS-active substrate. Langmuir 1998, 14 (5), 1092-1098.
    DOI: 10.1021/la9709711

  1. Tarabara, V. V.; Pinnavaia, T. Composite polymer membranes containing mesoporous metal oxide additives. Application No. PCT/US2013/737,285, 2013.
  2. Tarabara, V. V.; Shan, W. Water and oil separation system. Application No. PCT/US2011/046884, 2012.
  3. Redko, M. Y.; Jackson, J. E.; Tarabara, V. V.; Taurozzi, J. S. Polyazacrown-based materials for mercury capture and synthesis of those materials. U.S. Patent No. 7,968,673, 2011.

Book chapters
  1. Hoek, E. M. V.; Pendergast, M. M.; Tarabara, V. V. Introduction. In: Encyclopedia of Membrane Science and Technology; Hoek, E. M. V., Tarabara, V. V., Eds.; Wiley: Hoboken, NJ, 2013; Vol.1; pp 3-10.
  2. Hoek, E. M. V.; Guiver, M.; Nikonenko, V.; Tarabara, V. V.; Zydney, A. L. Membrane Terminology. In: Encyclopedia of Membrane Science and Technology; Hoek, E. M. V., Tarabara, V. V., Eds.; Wiley: Hoboken, NJ, 2013; Vol.3; pp 2219-2228
  3. Crock, C. A.; Ahmadiannamini, P. International membrane societies. In Encyclopedia of Membrane Science and Technology; Hoek, E. M. V., Tarabara, V. V., Eds.; Wiley: Hoboken, NJ, 2013; Vol.3; pp 2229-2235
  4. Tummons, E. N.; Herrera-Robledo, M. Membrane-related conferences, seminars, symposia and workshops. In: Encyclopedia of Membrane Science and Technology; Hoek, E. M. V., Tarabara, V. V., Eds.; Wiley: Hoboken, NJ, 2013; Vol.3; pp 2236-2242
  5. Tummons, E. N.; Herrera-Robledo, M. Membrane-related research periodicals. In: Encyclopedia of Membrane Science and Technology; Hoek, E. M. V., Tarabara, V. V., Eds.; Wiley: Hoboken, NJ, 2013; Vol.3; pp 2242-2252
  6. Tarabara, V. V. Multifunctional nanomaterial-enabled membranes for water treatment. In Nanotechnology Applications for Clean Water; Diallo, M.; Duncan, J.; Savage, N.; Sustich, R.; Street, A., Eds.; William Andrew: Norwich, NY, 2008; pp 59-75.
  7. Tarabara, V. V.; Wiesner, M. R., Morphological properties of fouling cakes formed from heterogeneous suspensions. In Membrane Practices for Water Treatment, American Water Works Association Research Foundation: Denver, CO, 2001.