Tarabara Research Group


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June 2016
Emily Tummons successfully defends her PhD dissertation "Oil droplet behavior at the membrane surface during filtration of oil-water emulsions". Congratulations, Dr. Tummons!!!
June 2016
Our paper on adenovirus concentration from natural water is published in the Applied and Environmental Microbiology journal:
Shi, H.; Xagoraraki, I.; Parent, K. N.; Bruening, M. L.; Tarabara, V. V. Elution is a critical step for human adenovirus 40 recovery from tap and surface water by cross-flow ultrafiltration Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 82 (2016) 4982-4993.
DOI: 10.1128/AEM.00870-16
June 2016
Congratulations to Hien Dang - Hien was awarded 2016 East Michigan Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association Scholarship.
May 2016
Caroline LaRoy joins our group as an undergraduate research assistant and a member of the NSF PIRE team. Her research is supported by the NSF REU project "Cross-disciplinary research in sustainable chemistry and chemical processes". Caroline will investigate how dissolved organic molecules in water affect photocatalytic generation of OH* radicals. The project is a collaboration with colleagues from the University of Montpellier, France.
May 2016
Haley Harrison and Corliss Johnson from Dr. John Bang's research group at North Carolina Central University visit MSU to work with us and Dr. Joan Rose's group on photocatalytic UV disinfection of synthetic ballast water. Our collaboration is a part of the PIRE project.
May 2016
Emily Tummons gives podium presentation "Behavior of oil droplets at the membrane surface during crossflow microfiltration of oil-water emulsions" in the "Micro, Ultra, and Nano-Filtration Applications" session at the 2016 North American Membrane Society meeting in Bellevue, WA.

April 2016
Our paper on photocatalytic membrane design is accepted for publication in the Journal of Membrane Science:
Starr, B. J.; Tarabara, V. V.; Herrera-Robledo, M.; Zhou, M.; Roualdès, S.; Ayral, A. Coating porous membranes with a photocatalyst: Comparison of LbL self-assembly and plasma-enhanced CVD techniques. J. Membr. Sci. 2016, 514, 340-349.
DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2016.04.050
This is a collaboration with Drs. André Ayral and Stéphanie Roualdès from the European Institute of Membranes. A part of this work was accomplished during Brian Starr's visit to Montpellier and EIM. This collaboration is a part of the NSF PIRE project.

Research overview

Schematic illustration of a cross-section of an asymmetric ceramic membrane with the permeate side coated by catalytic nanoparticles and exposed to UV light for flow-through photocatalysis.

LbL assembly and plasma-enhanced CVD are used to coat membranes with photocatalyst
- LbL produces sub-monolayer of photocatalyst nanoparticles
- Plasma-enhanced CVD gives dense uniform coating
- Model connects coating’s reactivity with the geometry of the reaction zone
- Model points to possible ways for improving each coating technique

April 2016
Congratulations to Charifa Hejase, recipient of a 2016 ESPP Doctoral Recruitment Fellowship award.

April 2016
Bin Guo successfully defends her PhD dissertation "Virus removal and inactivation in a photocatalytic membrane reactor: Disinfection mechanisms and effect of water quality". Congratulations, Dr. Guo!

Research overview


February 2016
Our paper on the design of reactive membranes for flow-through dehalogenation is published in Environmental Science: Nano
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. 2016, 3, 453-461.

Research overview

Conceptual illustration of a hierarchical nanocatalyst based on bimetallic (Pd-Au) nanoparticles as the catalyst and exfoliated graphite nanoplatelets as catalyst support. The Pd-Au nanoparticles have core-shell morphology with Au and Pd forming the core and the shell, respectively.

Nano impact statement:
To date, high throughput dechlorination by membrane reactors has not been practical because of the conflicting requirements of high permeate flux and sufficient time for reaction within the membrane. High reactivity catalysts are needed to negotiate the conflicting demands of reactivity and throughput. We report on the design of metallic (Pd) and bimetallic (Pd-Au) catalysts supported on exfoliated graphite nanoplatelets (xGnPs) that enable TCE hydrodechlorination with rate constants up to 81 times higher than those obtained for the commercial Pd/Al2O3 catalyst. Nanocomposite membranes based on these novel catalysts can remove 96% of TCE at the high permeate flux of 47.4 L/m2/h/bar. An inexpensive alternative to graphene, xGnPs as catalyst supports can enable a broad range of other cost-efficient membrane reactions.

February 2016
Christopher Crock successfully defends his PhD dissertation "Polymer nanocomposite membranes with hierarchically structured catalysts for high throughput dehalogenation". Well done, Chris!!!

January 2016
Claudio Calderon completes his MS project "Rejection of salt in water by nanofiltration membranes in the presence of oil droplets" and graduates. Congratulations, Claudio!!!


November 2015
A paper based on our collaboration with groups of Dr. Merlin Bruening (MSU Chemistry) and Dr. Andre Bénard (MSU Mechanical Engineering) is published in Chemical Engineering Research and Design journal: Ji, P.; Motin, A.; Wenqian Shan; 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.

Research overview
Force balance in a radial direction on a suspended negatively buoyant particle in a tubular channel with impervious walls (A) and in tubular membranes in the presence of permeate flow (B and C). As the rate of permeation through the membrane increases beyond a critical value, the direction of particle movement reverses from centripetal (B) to centrifugal (C).

- Rotation-induced centripetal forces move low density particles away from the lumen wall
- Fouling by low density particles decreases when rotating a tubular membrane
- Rotation preferentially prevents deposition of particles with large diameters.
- Shear forces dislodge large particles from the cake
- Swirling flow does not fully develop during membrane rotation


November 2015
A paper based on our collaboration with Drs. Jia Wei Chew and Anthony G. Fane from the Singapore Membrane Technology Center is accepted for publication in the Journal of Membrane Science: 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.

Research overview

Stages of oil-droplet behavior at a microfiltration membrane surface.

- DOTM method is used to visualize oil droplets at the membrane surface
- Fouling stages include droplet clustering, deformation, and coalescence
- Droplets that coalesce to exceed a critical size are removed by shear
- Force balance on a droplet predicts the critical droplet size
- Droplet coalescence and crossflow shear control membrane fouling by oil droplets

October 2015
A paper based on our collaboration with Dr. Helen Nguyen's group (UIUC) and Dr. Irene Xagoraraki (MSU Environmental Engineering) is now published in the Journal of Membrane Science: 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.

July 2015
Congratulations to Chris Crock and Hang Shi, PhD candidates in our group: Chris and Hang are awarded dissertation completion fellowships by MSU Graduate School.

June 2015
Brian Starr successfully defends his MS thesis "Photocatalytic membranes for virus inactivation". Congratulations, Brian!!!

May 2015
Our paper on photocatalytic membranes for virus control is now published:
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.

- First application of photocatalytic membranes for virus removal and inactivation
- Bacteriophage P22 is used as a model virus
- Original design couples outer surface of a tubular membrane with UV light
- Hybrid photocatalytic UV-microfiltration process is effective in inactivating virus
- Potential applications include treatment of high flow rate, turbid streams


May 2015
Our paper on NF of preozonated water is now published:
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.

- Changes in permeate flux are mostly determined by calcium concentration and ozone dosage
- Oxidation via different oxidation pathways produces waters with different fouling propensities
- Oxidation by radical species leads to significant hydrophilization of humic acid
- Oxidation by radical species reduces foulant load by mineralizing organics


April 2015
Our paper on sacrificial membrane coatings is now published:
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. This is a collaboration with Prof. Merlin Bruening (MSU Chemistry).

- Polyelectrolyte multilayers can serve as sacrificial membrane layers for fouling control
- Surfactants and a pH swing disassemble PEMs by disrupting non-ionic and electrostatic bonds
- PEMs can be regenerated even after fouling by BSA and alginate
- Repeated disassembly/readsorption cycles give stable water permeabilities and selectivities

Research overview

Mechanisms operative in the assembly of polyelectrolyte mutilayer membranes and their attachment to a supporting substrate in two cases: (a) the first polyelectrolyte layer has the same charge as the substrate and (b) the first polyelectrolyte layer has a charge opposite to that of the substrate.

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.
April 2015
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 (TÜBITAK).
April 2015
Congratulations to Hien Dang - Hien was awarded 2015 East Michigan Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association Scholarship.

March 2015
Our paper Yin, Z.; Tarabara, V. V.; Xagoraraki, I. Human adenovirus removal by hollow fiber membranes: Effect of membrane fouling by suspended and dissolved matter is published in the Journal of Membrane Science (J. Membr. Sci. 2015, 482, 120–127). This is a collaboration with the group of Prof. Irene Xagoraraki (MSU Environmental Engineering).

- Adenovirus removal from DI water is less than 2.5 log even for 0.04 µm membranes
- Particulate foulants alone decrease virus removal by 0.04 µm and 0.22 µm membranes
- Humic acid alone increases virus removal by 0.04 µm and 0.22 µm membranes
- Cake formation can increase or decrease virus removal depending on cake properties
- Fouling affects virus removal via pore blockage and cake-enhanced deltaC_virus


January 2015
Our paper 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 is now published. We propose a simple method for estimating fractal dimension of membrane cakes (Dcake) based on permeate flux data and Happel permeability model. We report a correlation, over a range of coagulation-flocculation condition, between Dcake and the fractal dimension of flocs (Dfloc) in the feed suspension. Financial support for Hira Amjad's year-long stay at MSU was provided by a scholarship from the Higher Education Commission and supplementary funding from the National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan.

- Inline, direct, and conventional pretreatments for ultrafiltration are studied
- New method for quantifying fractal dimension of membrane cakes is proposed
- Average porosity of membrane cakes increases with filtration time
- Fractal dimensions of flocs and membrane cakes weakly correlate
- Broad range of Dfloc values maps onto a narrow range of Dcake values

Research overview

Illustration of the observed scaling that is indicative of the fractal structure of membrane cakes. Scaling is shown only for the pretreatment condition that corresponds to inline-contact filtration (i.e. coagulation and minimal flocculation)


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.

Research overview
Research overview

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
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).

- Anti-adhesive membrane coatings based on polyelectrolyte multilayers are designed
- Anti-adhesive membrane coatings increase pre-elution virus recovery up to 2-fold
- XDLVO virus–membrane interaction energies are computed
- Higher pre-elution recoveries can be attributed to PEM's anti-adhesiveness

Research overview

Pre-elution recovery of P22 bacteriophage from deionized water by two membranes: an ultrafiltration membrane (support) blocked by calf serum and the same ultrafiltration support but coated by a polyelectrolyte (heparin/chitosan) mutilayer.

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 Tummons


June 2014
Congratulations to Dr. Pejman Ahmadiannamini for being awarded European Membrane Society's Early Stage Researcher Grant.


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).

Brian Starr


January 2014

Claudio Calderon


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.

MSU Today article

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 Tummons

November 2013
Chris Crock, Hang Shi and Emily Tummons pass their PhD preliminary exams. Bin Guo and Hien Dang pass their qualifiers. Congratulations, folks!

November 2013
Our paper on polymer mesocomposite membranes has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Membrane Science: 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. This is a collaboration with Dr. Thomas Pinnavaia's research group.

mesocomposite membrane

September 2013
Our paper on the behavior of oil droplets in the vicinity of a micropore is published in the Journal of Membrane Science: 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. This is a collaboration with Dr. Nikolai Priezjev's research group.

Tohid and Nikolai

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.

June 2013
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.


June 2013
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.


Adsorption isotherm for the mercury uptake by Aza222 sorbent

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.



November 2012
Emily Tummons passes her PhD qualifying exam.

October 2012
Chris Crock and Hang Shi pass their PhD qualifying exams.

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.

September 2012
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).

August 2012
Drs. Pejman Ahmadiannamini and Miguel Herrera-Robledo join the group as postdoctoral researchers.

August 2012
Christopher Crock, Hien Dang, and Bin Guo are new PhD students in the group.

August 2012
Supported by a fellowship from the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Hira Amjad joins the Tarabara lab as a visiting PhD student.

August 2012
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!

August 2012
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.

July 2012
Adam Wingate participates in the Summer Undergraduate Research Forum and presents a poster describing his work on the design of a catalytic UV reactor.

Adam Wingate at SURF

July 2012
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.
May 2012
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 Crock - he is the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Environmental Engineering MS student award!

March 2012
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 graduate 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 Crock and Elodie Pasco deliver award-winning presentations at the MSU Engineering graduate research symposium.

Elodie poster

Chris poster

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.

ITU visit 2011

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.
July 2011
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 Pasco 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 Pasco and Chris Crock 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.
October 2010
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!

Wenqian PhD defense


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

Wenqian 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 Ph.D. 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
Daniel Haldar (HSHSP) became a semifinalist of the Siemens-Westinghouse Science Talent Search competition

January 2009
Hari Arul took 3rd place in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair.
January 2009
Elodie Pasco received John P. Hennessey Scholarship from the Michigan Water Environment Association.
January 2009
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.

Wenqian and Lu award

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 PhD 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