Volodymyr Tarabara, Professor

Tarabara photo 2019

Volodymyr Tarabara, Professor

Associate Director, Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (CERES)


Dr. Volodymyr Tarabara is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan State University.  His research interests are at the junction of colloid and interface science and separation science.  Current work includes projects on emulsion separation, virus removal and detection, and catalytic membrane reactors. Dr. Tarabara has co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed journal papers and co-edited the Encyclopedia of Membrane Science and Technology (Wiley). Since joining MSU, he has mentored 9 postdocs, 14 PhD students, and 12 MS students.  Dr. Tarabara is a member of  ASEE, AEESP, IWA, NAMS, the Fulbright Association as well as ASCE and EWRI where he serves as the Editor for Special Collections of the Journal of Environmental Engineering. At MSU, he teaches courses on environmental transport, unit operations, and risk analysis.

2020 Withrow Global Leadership Award, College of Engineering, MSU
2019 Doctor Honoris Causa, Agricultural University of Georgia, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
2014 Fulbright U.S. Scholar award (host country: Republic of Georgia)
2011 Paul L. Busch Award, Water Environment Research Foundation
2010 John K. Hudzik Emerging Leader in Advancing International Studies and Programs award, MSU
2009 Lilly teaching fellow, MSU
2003 Graduate research award in membrane-based separations, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Rice University, 2004
M.S., Environmental Engineering, Rice University, 2001
Diploma, Solid State Physics, National Research Nuclear University MEPhl, 1997
Edited books
Hoek, E. M. V.; Tarabara, V. V. (Eds). Encyclopedia of Membrane Science and Technology, John Wiley & Sons, 2013.
Selected journal publications
Shi, H.; Tarabara, V. V. Charge, size distribution and hydrophobicity of viruses: Effect of propagation and purification methods. J. Virol. Methods 256 (2018) 123-132.
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. 3 (2017) 778-792.
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. 500 (2016) 211-224.
Starr, B. J.; Tarabara, V. V.; Herrera-Robledo, M.; Zhou, M.; Roualdes, S.; Ayral, A. Coating porous membranes with a photocatalyst: Comparison of LbL self-assembly and plasma-enhanced CVD techniques. J. Membr. Sci. 514 (2016) 340-349.
Crock, C. A.; Tarabara, V. V. Pd and Pd-Au nanocatalysts supported on exfoliated graphite for high throughput dehalogenation by nanocomposite membranes. Environ. Sci. Nano. 3 (2016) 453-461.
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. 491 (2015) 149-158.
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. 149 (2015) 245-254.
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.
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 (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.