Tarabara Research Group

 

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August 2017
Bidding farewell to Zakhar. From left to right: Hien, Ira, Zakhar, Vlad, Hang, Seyma

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August 2017
Our research group attends 2017 ICOM meeting in San Francisco. Hang gives a podium presentation based on his PhD research.
 
July 2017
Dr. Zakhar Maletskyi from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences visits our group for a month stay in the frame of the MEMPREX project. Welcome to MSU and our group, Zakhar!
 
July 2017
Dr. Ira Kolesnyk from the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine) joins our group as a Visiting Scholar. She will work with Charifa and Seyma on oil-water separation by membranes. Welcome to MSU and our group, Ira!
 

June 2017
Hang Shi's poster presentation is named one of top 7 posters (out of more than 300) at the 2017 AEESP conference. Congratulations, Hang!

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Image source: @AEESProfs

 

June 2017
Charifa, Hang, and Hien present their PhD work at the 2017 AEESP meeting in Ann Arbor:
- Hejase, C.; Tummons, E. N.; Chew, J. W.; Fane, A. G.; Tarabara, V. V. Deoiling saline emulsions by porous membranes: A direct visualization study.
- Shi, H.; Xagoraraki, I.; Parent, K. N.; Bruening, M. L.; Tarabara, V. V. Understanding virus adhesion to surfaces: Example of human adenovirus 40 recovery from tap and surface water for detection.
- Dang, H. T. T.; Tarabara, V. V. Deposition of viruses onto household paints and polyelectrolyte-coated surfaces.

 
June 2017
Congratulations to Hang Shi and Elodie Pasco on their review paper that was accepted for publication earlier this month:
Shi, H.; Pasco, E. V.; Tarabara, V. V. Membrane-based methods of virus concentration from water: A review of process parameters and their effects on virus recovery. Environ. Sci.: Water Res. Technol. (2017) 3 (2017) 778-792.
DOI: 10.1039/C7EW00016B
 
May 2017
A paper based on a collaborative U.S.-Singapore project on the separation of oil-water emulsions has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Membrane Science:
Tummons, E. N.; Chew, J.-W.; Fane, A. G.; Tarabara, V. V. Ultrafiltration of saline oil-in-water emulsions stabilized by an anionic surfactant: Effect of surfactant concentration and divalent counterions.
DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2017.05.012
Our colleagues from the Singapore Membrane Technology Centre and Nanyang Technological University are Dr. Jia Wei Chew and Dr. Anthony G. Fane. The collaboration has been supported in part by the NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) project.
 
March 2017
Hang Shi receives DewGood Public Service Technology Award (2nd place) and 1st place award for the best poster in the Environmental Engineering category at the MSU Engineering Graduate Research Symposium. Congratulations, Hang!
 

February 2017
Hang Shi receives Student Best Paper Award for his presentation "Recovery of Adenovirus From Tap and Surface Water by Crossflow Ultrafiltration: Experimental Determination and XDLVO Predictions" at the 2017 AMTA/AWWA Membrane Technology Conference. This work was coauthored with our colleagues Dr. Irene Xagoraraki (Civil and Environmental Engineering, MSU), Dr. Kristin Parent (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, MSU), and Dr. Merlin Bruening (Chemistry, MSU / Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame).
Congratulations, Hang!
AMTA press release

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2017 Student Best Paper presented to Hang Shi by Ben Movahed (source)

 
February 2017
Hang Shi successfully defends his PhD dissertation "Membrane-based concentration and recovery of viruses from complex water matrices". Congratulations, Hang!
 
February 2017
A paper based on a collaborative U.S.-Turkey project on nanocomposite membranes is published:
Crock, C. A.; Sengur-Tasdemir, R.; Koyuncu, I.; Tarabara, V. V. High throughput catalytic dechlorination of TCE by hollow fiber nanocomposite membranes with embedded Pd and Pd-Au catalysts. Separ. Purif. Technol.179 (2017) 265-273.
DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2017.02.015
Our colleagues from Istanbul Technical University and MEM-TEK are Reyhan Sengur-Tasdemir and Dr. Ismail Koyuncu. The collaboration has been supported in part by the NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) project.
 

January 2017
Our group joins the International Partnership on Membrane Processes for Research and Educational Excellence (MEMPREX) recently funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The goal of the project is to "establish an international, interdisciplinary and innovative research and educational collaboration that leads to the establishment of a virtual membrane excellence network with its centre in Norway. The effort will link staff and graduate students of the participating universities from Canada, the U.S., Japan, China and Norway." The PI on the project is Prof. Harsha Ratnaweera from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

 
January 2017
A paper based on a collaborative U.S.-France project on understanding virus fate in MBRs is accepted for publication in the Water Research journal:
O'Brien, E.; Munir, M.; Marsh, T.; Heran, M.; Lesage, G.; Tarabara, V. V.; Xagoraraki, I. Diversity of DNA viruses in effluents of membrane bioreactors in Traverse City, MI (USA) and La Grande Motte (France) Water Res. 111 (2017) 338-345.
DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2017.01.014
Dr. Irene Xagoraraki is the lead author. Our colleagues from the European Institute of Membranes and the University of Montpellier are Dr. Marc Heran and Dr. Geoffroy Lesage. A part of this work was accomplished during Evan O'Brien's research visit to EIM. The collaboration has been partly supported by an international supplement to an NSF CBET grant and the NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) project.
 
January 2017
Alex Casabuena completes his project "Virus removal in a membrane bioreactor: Submerged versus sidestream configurations" and graduates with an MS degree in Environmental Engineering. Congratulations, Alex!
 

November 2016
Congratulations to Hang and Hien - both are awardees in the student research contest at the ESPP Research Symposium on Environmental Health. Hang's presentation "Recovery of Human Adenovirus 40 from Tap and Surface Water by Crossflow Ultrafiltration: Experimental Determination and XDLVO Predictions Based on Virion Characterization" received 1st place in the "Infectious diseases" category. Hien's poster "Kinetics of Bacteriophage MS2 Deposition onto Polyelectrolyte-coated Surfaces" earned 2 place in the poster competition.

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November 2016
Brendan Wrobel joins our group as an undergraduate research assistant. Welcome, Brendan!
 
August 2016
Seyma Kucuk joins our group as an MS student and a research assistant. She will study oil-water separation by membranes. Welcome, Seyma!
 

August 2016
Sam Snow has accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Louisiana State University. Congratulations, Sam, and all the best to you in your new position in academia. We wish you great success and are very happy to have had you as a friend and colleague at Michigan State. Go Tigers (and Spartans)!

 
August 2016
Charifa Hejase completes her MS project "Membrane filtration of high salinity oil-in-water dispersions", graduates with an MS degree in Environmental Engineering and joins our PhD program. Congratulations and welcome (again), Charifa!!!
 
August 2016
Hierarchical materials as a design concept for multifunctional membranes is published as a chapter of the IWA book "Rational Design of Next-Generation Nanomaterials and Nanodevices for Water Applications" edited by Dr. Peng Wang (KAUST).
 
August 2016
Congratulations to Hien Dang - Hien was awarded a dissertation completion fellowship by MSU Graduate School.
 

June 2016
Caroline LaRoy and Dr. Sam Snow together with Kevin Cruz Villanueva (REU researcher, MSU Chemistry) traveled to France for a 10 day research visit as a part of collaboration with researchers from the European Institute of Membranes and the University of Montpellier: Caroline worked with Drs. Stephanie Roualdes and Andre Ayral on the design of photocatalytic membrane coatings. Sam worked with Drs. Marc Heran and Geoffroy Lesage on photocatalysis in MBR effluents.