Tarabara Research Group


Past research projects


International partnership on membrane processes for research and educational excellence (MEMPREX)
Funding: The Research Council of Norway
Role: International collaborator
PI: Dr. Harsha Ratnaweera (Norwegian University of Life Sciences)
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PIRE: Water and Commerce - Technologies to enable environmental sustainability in global markets (abstract)
Funding: NSF PIRE (Partnerships for International Research and Education) program
Role: Co-PI, MSU Director
PI: Dr. Lee P. Ferguson (Duke University)
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Ensuring microbiological safety of water: Bacteriophages as human virus surrogates
Grant type: Research, FLEX
Host Institution: Agricultural University of Georgia, Tbilisi
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Affinity-based hydrocyclone filter for oil-water separation and oil spill cleanup (abstract)
Funding: EPA STAR (Science to Achieve Results) program
Role: PI
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Collaborative Research: Virus removal in membrane bioreactors: Role of virus aggregation and adhesion (abstract)
Funding: NSF Environmental Engineering program
International supplement for collaboration with the University of Montpellier, France (Dr. Marc Heran, Dr. Geoffroy Lesage)
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Strategic Partnership with the Eliava Institute of Bacteriophages, Microbiology and Virology, Republic of Georgia
Funding: MSU Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
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Strategic Partnership with the University of Montpellier, France
Funding: MSU Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
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Paul L. Busch award
Alternative applications of membranes to enhance water quality protection and recycling
Funding: Water Environment Research Foundation
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Strategic Partnership: Advanced membrane technologies for a sustainable future
Funding: MSU Foundation
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PIRE: New generation synthetic membranes - Nanotechnology for drinking water safety (abstract)
Funding: NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program
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SBIR Phase I: Polymer mesocomposites: Novel materials for compaction-resistant, high-flux water treatment membranes (abstract)
Funding (subcontract to MSU): NSF Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships
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On-chip PCR, nanoparticles, and virulence/marker genes for simultaneous detection of 20 waterborne pathogens
Funding: EPA STAR program
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Self-cleaning ceramic membranes for the removal of natural and synthetic nanomaterials from drinking water using hybrid ozonation-nanofiltration
Funding: NSF NIRT program
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Crossflow filtration hydrocyclone for the treatment of produced water
Funding: M-I Swaco through NSF I/UCRC Center for Multiphase Transport Phenomena
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From international research to curricula innovation: Educating globally competent scientists and engineers.
Funding: MSU Office of Faculty and Organizational Development
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Regenerable polymer-supported sorbent for aqueous mercury removal
Funding: NSF SGER program
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Nanoscale design of aqueous carbon nanotube-reinforced molecular transducers for biosensors 
Funding: NSF NER program
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Coupled effects of scaling and colloid deposition on the performance of reverse osmosis membranes
Funding: National Water Research Institute
01/01/06- 09/31/07


Other projects with our participation

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Assessing and mitigating membrane fouling in membrane-based oil-water separation
Funding: Ministry of Education, Singapore
Role: International collaborator
PI: Dr. Jia Wei Chew (Nanyang Technological University, SMTC)
Fabrication of nanocomposite hollow fiber nanofiltration membranes and their applications in drinking water treatment
Funding: The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK), Turkey
Role: Consultant
PI: Dr. Ismail Koyuncu (Istanbul Technical University, MEM-TEK)
Integrating bacteriophage and membrane separation knowledge bases to ensure microbiological safety of water supply
Funding: Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF Global), the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation, and the Georgian Research and Development Foundation; Georgia Early Career Scholars program
PI: Dr. Ekaterine Jaiani
12/01/14 - 06/15/16
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Development of a novel ballast water treatment system
Funding: Maritime Port Authority, Singapore
PI: Dr. Jiangyong Hu (National University of Singapore)