Tarabara Research Group


Journal Club


The membrane science journal club at MSU was first organized by our research group and the group of Prof. Merlin Bruening in 2011. At journal club meetings we discuss recent developments in the field of synthetic membranes by analyzing and critiquing recent research papers. Occasionally we discuss older papers or textbook chapters. Our meetings are open to all interested faculty and students at MSU.

Journal club meeting schedule (Spring 2020)
04/21/20 TBD
04/14/20 TBD
04/07/20 Matsui, Y. et. al. Virus inactivation in aluminum and polyaluminum coagulation. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2003, 37, 5175-5180.
Lead discussant: Kyle Hilstead
01/24/20 Nair, R. R.; Protasova, E.; Strand, S.; Bilstad, T. Implementation of Spiegler–Kedem and Steric Hindrance Pore Models for Analyzing Nanofiltration Membrane Performance for Smart Water Production. Membranes 8, (2018) 78.
12/17/19 Yuan, B.; Pham, M.; Nguyen, T. H. Deposition kinetics of bacteriophage MS2 on a silica surface coated with natural organic matter in a radial stagnation point flow cell. Environ. Sci. Technol. 42 (2008) 7628–7633.
Lead discussant: Xunhao Wang
11/22//19 Dickhout, J. M.; Virga, E.; Lammertink, R. G. H.; de Vos, W. M. Surfactant specific ionic strength effects on membrane fouling during produced water treatment. J. Colloid Interface Sci. 556 (2019) 12–23.
Lead discussant: Charifa Hejase
11/12/19 Membranes 101: Spiegler-Kedem model (Tarabara)
11/06/19 Membranes 101: Onsager relationships. Kedem-Katchalsky model (Tarabara)
10/22/19 Barbota, E.; Moustier, S.; Bottero, J.-Y.; Moulin, P. Coagulation and ultrafiltration: Understanding of the key parameters of the hybrid process. J. Membr. Sci. 325 (2008) 520–527.
Lead discussant: Akshay Murali
10/08/19 Membranes 101: Solution diffusion model. Reverse osmosis (Tarabara)
10/24/19 Membranes 101: Chemical potential. Gibbs and van't Hoff's equations (Tarabara)
04/09//19 Pitol, A. K.; Bischel, H. N.; Kohn. T.; Julian, T. R. Virus transfer at the skin-liquid interface. Environ. Sci. Technol. 51 (2017) 14417-144425.
Pitol, A. K.; Bischel, H. N.; Boehm, A. B.; Kohn. T.; Julian, T. R. Transfer of enteric viruses adenovirus and coxsackievirus and bacteriophage MS2 from liquid to human skin. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 84 (2018) e01809-18
Lead discussant: Xunhao Wang
03/26/19 Bizmark, N.; Ioannidis, M. A. Nanoparticle-stabilised emulsions: droplet armouring vs. droplet bridging. Soft Matter 14 (2018) 6404-6408
Lead discussant: Charifa Hejase
02/12/19 Boo, C.; Wang, Y.; Zucker, I.; Choo. Y.; Osuji, C. O.; Elimelech, M. High performance nanofiltration membrane for effective removal of perfluoroalkyl substances at high water recovery. Environ, Sci. Technol. 52 (2018) 7279-7288.
Lead discussant: Kyle Hillstead
01/15/19 Matos, M.; Gutierrez, G.; Lobo, A.; Coca, J.; Pazos, C.; Benito, J. M. Surfactant effect on the ultrafiltration of oil-in-water emulsions using ceramic membranes. J. Membr. Sci. 520 (2016) 749-759.
Lead discussant: Charifa Hejase
11/28/18 Lin, Y.-M.; Rutledge, G. C. Separation of oil-in-water emulsions stabilized by different types of surfactants using electrospun fiber membranes J. Membr. Sci. 563 (2018) 247-258.
Lead discussant: Vincent Marinelli

11/14/18 Sinclair, T. R.; Robles, D.; Raza, B.; van den Hengel, S.; Rutjes, S. A.; de Roda Husman, A, M.; de Grooth, J.; de Vos, W. M.; Roesink, H. D. W. Virus reduction through microfiltration membranes modified with a cationic polymer for drinking water applications. Colloids Surfaces A 551 (2018) 33-41.
Lead discussant: Xunhao Wang
10/31/18 Ostarcevic, E. R.; Jacangelo, J.; Gray, S. R.; Cran, M. J. Current and emerging techniques for high-pressure membrane integrity testing. Membranes 2018, 8, 60.
Lead discusant: Kyle Hillstead
10/17/18 Yapa, P.; Chowdhury, T. Oil spreading under ice covers. 1989 Oil Spill Conference.
lead discussant: Daniel Thomas
09/19/18 Wu, J.; Wei, W.; Li, S.; Zhong, Q.; Liu, F.; Zheng, J.; Wang, J. The effect of membrane surface charges on demulsification and fouling resistance during emulsion separation. J. Membr. Sci. 563 (2018) 126-133.
Lead discussant: Charifa Hejase
08/16/18 Katalo, R.; Okuda, T.; Nghiem, L.; Fujioka, T.. Moringa oleifera coagulation as pretreatment prior to microfiltration for membrane fouling mitigation. Environ. Sci.: Water Res. Technol., 2018. Advance Article.
Lead discussants: Daniel Thomas, Akshay Murali
08/02/18 Topic: Concentration polarization: Effect on permeate on rejection.
06/28/18 Topic: Wetting. Young-Dupre equation.
06/14/18 Topic: Concentration polarization. Mass of solute in the CP layer.
05/31/18 Topic: Membrane performance metrics.
03/02/18 Brant, J. A.; Igwe, U. Aggregation and fouling impacts in determining organic and clay removal by electropositive filtration. J. Environ. Eng. 143 (2017) 04017064.
Lead discussant: Xunhao Wang
02/23/18 He et. al.: continued. Lead discussant: Charifa Hejase
02/02/18 Praetorius, A.; Tufenkji, N.; Goss,K.-U.; Scheringer, M.; von der Kammerd, F.; Elimelech. M. The road to nowhere: equilibrium partition coefficients for nanoparticles. Environ. Sci. Nano 1 (2014) 317-323.
Lead discussant: Hang Shi
01/19/18 He, Z.; Kasemset, S.; Kirschner, A. Y.; Cheng, Y.-H.; Paul, D. R.; Freeman, B. D. The effects of salt concentration and foulant surface charge on hydrocarbon fouling of a poly(vinylidene fluoride) microfiltration membrane. Water Res. 117 (2017) 230-241.
Lead discussant: Charifa Hejase
10/25/17 He, Z.; Miller, D. J.; Kasemset, S.; Paul, D. R.; Freeman, B. D. The effect of permeate flux on membrane fouling during microfiltration of oily water. J. Membr. Sci. 525 (2017) 25-34.
Lead discussant: Charifa Hejase
09/27/17 Cai, X.; Chen, J.; Liu, M.; Ji, Y.; An, S. Numerical studies on dynamic characteristics of oil-water separation in loop flotation column using a population balance model. Separ. Purif. Technol. 176 (2017) 134-144.
Lead discussant: Sina Jahangiri
08/30/17 Zhu, X.; Dudchenko, A.; Gu, X.; Jassby, D. Surfactant-stabilized oil separation from water using ultrafiltration and nanofiltration. J. Membr. Sci. 529 (2017) 159-169.
Lead discussant: Seyma Kucuk
08/03/17 Mertens, B. S.; Velev, O. D. Characterization and control of surfactant-mediated Norovirus interactions. Soft Matter 11 (2015) 8621
Lead discussant: Hien Dang
08/22/16 Armanious, A.; Aeppli, M.; Jacak, R.; Refardt, D.; Sigstam, T.; Kohn, T.; Sander, M. Viruses at solid-water interfaces: A systematic assessment of interactions driving adsorption. Environ. Sci. Technol. 50 (2016) 732-743.
Lead discussant: Hang Shi
07/19/16 Wang, Z.; Jin, J.; Hou, D.; Lin, S. Tailoring surface charge and wetting property for robust oil-fouling mitigation in membrane distillation. J. Membr. Sci. 516 (2016) 113-122.
Lead discussant: Charifa Hejase

Bolton, J. R.; Linden, K. G. Standardization of methods for fluence UV dose determination in bench-scale UV experiments. ASCE J. Environ. Eng. 129 (2003) 209-215.
Lead discussant: Sam Snow


Dlamini, D. S.; Levchenko, S.; Bass, M.; Mamba, B. B.; Hoek, E. M. V.; Thwala, J. M.; Freger, V. Solute hindrance in non-porous membranes: An ATR-FTIR study. Desalination 368 (2015) 60-68.

01/19/16 Baltus, R; Badireddy, A. R.; Xu, W.; Chellam, S. Analysis of configurational effects on hindered convection of nonspherical bacteria and viruses across microfiltration membranes. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 48 (2009) 2404-2413.

Chaplin, B. P.; Reinhard, M.; Schneider, W. F.; Schuth, C.; Shapley, J. R.; Strathmann, T. J.; Werth, C. J. Critical review of Pd-based catalytic treatment of priority contaminants in water. Environ. Sci. Technol. 46 (2012) 3655-3670.
Lead discussant: Chris Crock


Kobaku, S. P. R.; Kota, A. K.; Lee, D. H.; Mabry, J. M.; Tuteja, A. Patterned superomniphobic-superomniphilic surfaces: Templates for site-selective self-assembly. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 51 (2012) 10109-10113.
Kota, A. K.; Kwon, G.; Choi, W.; Mabry, J, M.; Tuteja, A. Hygro-responsive membranes for effective oil-water separation. Nature Comm. 3 (2012) 1025.
Lead discussant: Seth Hogg (Bruening group)


Qiu, L.; Zhang, X.; Yang, W.; Wang, Y.; Simon, G. P.; Li, D. Controllable corrugation of chemically converted graphene sheets in water and potential application for nanofiltration. Chem. Commun. 47 (2011) 5810-5812.
Lead discussant: Pengyu Ji (Bruening group)


Qi, S.; Qiu, C. Q.; Zhao, Y.; Tanga, C. Y. Double-skinned forward osmosis membranes based on layer-by-layer assembly - FO performance and fouling behavior. J. Membr. Sci. 405-406 (2012) 20-29.
Lead discussant: Jason Armstrong (Bruening group)


Karan, S.; Samitsu, S.; Peng, X.; Kurashima, K.; Ichinose, I. Ultrafast viscous permeation of organic solvents through diamond-like carbon nanosheets. Science 335 (2012) 444-447.
Nair, R. R.; Wu, H. A.; Jayaram, P. N.; Grigorieva, I. V.; Geim, A. K. Unimpeded permeation of water through helium-leak-tight graphene-based membranes. Science 335 (2012) 442-444.
Lead discussant: Seth Hogg (Bruening group)


Kim, S. J.; Ko, S. H.; Kang, K. H.; Han, J. Direct seawater desalination by ion concentration polarization. Nature Nanotechnol. 5 (2010) 297-301.
Lead discussant: Nick White (Bruening group)


van Voorthuizen, E. M.; Ashbolt, N. J.; Schafer, A. I. Role of hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions for initial enteric virus retention by MF membranes. J. Membr. Sci. 194 (2001) 69-79.
Lead discussant: Elodie Pasco


Elimelech, M.; Phillip, W. A. The Future of Seawater Desalination: Energy, Technology, and the Environment. Science 333 (2011) 712-717.