Tarabara Research Group

 

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September 2020
Our paper "Virus recovery by tangential flow filtration: A model to guide the design of a sample concentration process" is accepted for publication in Biotechnology Progress (DOI: 10.1002/btpr.3080). The paper is a collaborative work of our group with researchers from the Agricultural University of Georgia and Giorgi Eliava Institute of Bacteriophages, Microbiology and Virology in Tbilisi, Georgia. Congratulations to all co-authors: our current and former group members (Dr. Hang Shi, John Wang, Kyle Hillstead) as well as to our Georgian colleagues: Dr. Beso Lasareishvili (AgrUni), Dr. Eka Jaiani (Eliava) and Dr. Marina Tediashvili (Eliava).

 
August 2020
Xunhao (John) Wang passes his PhD preliminary exam and is now officially a PhD candidate. Congratulations, Xunhao!
 
August 2020
Dr. Charifa Hejase leaves our group to take a postdoc position with Dr. Dionysiou's research team at the University of Cincinnati. Farewell, Charifa! It has been great to have you as a group member.
 

August 2020
Our paper "Nanofiltration of saline oil-water emulsions: Combined and individual effects of salt concentration polarization and fouling" is accepted for publication in the Journal of Membrane Science (DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2020.118607). The paper is based on the PhD work of Charifa Hejase, the first author on the manuscript. Congratulations, Charifa!

Graphical abstract:
hejase, 2020

 

July 2020
Our paper "Lip balm drying promotes virus attachment: Characterization of lip balm coatings and XDLVO modeling" is accepted for publication in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science (DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2020.07.143). The paper is based in part on results from the MS project and the current PhD work of Xunhao (John) Wang. Coauthoring the paper are our colleagues from Istanbul Technical University: Dr. Reyhan Şengür-Taşdemir and Prof. Dr. İsmail Koyuncu.

Graphical abstract:

wang, 2020

 
July 2020
JEE Special Collection on viruses

 

Editorial for the recently established Special Collection "Virus Monitoring and Removal in Natural and Built Systems" of the Journal of Environmental Engineering has been published as an open access document.

The Special Collection is coedited with Dr. Yang Deng (Montclair State University), Dr. Baikun Li (University of Connecticut) and Dr. Mallikarjuna Nadagouda (U.S. EPA).

The two-page Call for Papers in PDF format can be downloaded from ASCE Library.

 
June 2020
Congratulations to Charifa Hejase on the successful defense of her PhD dissertation "Membrane-based separation of oil-water emulsions: Effect of surfactants and salinity". Well done, Dr. Hejase!
 
May 2020
Congratulations to 2020 MS graduates who have done great work as members of our research group: Kyle Hillstead, Daniel Hong (MS coursework adviser: Dr. Masten) and Akshay Murali. Kyle, Daniel, Akshay: we are proud of you.
 
April 2020
Congratulations to Kyle Hillstead - he is the recipient of 2020 Outstanding Environmental Engineering MS student award!
 
April 2020
New grant "Collaborative Research: IRES Track I: Materials based innovations for sustainable water treatment and reuse" is awarded by U.S. NSF. This is an international, multidisciplinary project where we will collaborate with our U.S. colleagues at the Louisiana State University and colleagues in France at the University of Montpellier and the European Institute of Membranes. The PI at LSU is Dr. Samuel Snow.
 
April 2020
Research Council of Norway funds project "Membrane processes for the next decade's challenges in the water sector", which is a continuation of the recently completed MEMPREX networking project with our participation. The PI is Prof. Ratnaweera from Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). Our group will work on the project with colleagues from NMBU as well as other partners from Norway, China, Japan, and Canada.
 
March 2020
Our paper "Membrane fouling by emulsified oil: A review" is accepted for publication in Separation and Purification Technology. The paper is based in part on the PhD dissertation of Dr. Emily Tummons and includes significant contributions by Charifa Hejase. Congratulations to both Emily and Charifa! Coauthoring the paper are our colleagues from Prof. Chew's research team at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore): Dr. Han Qi, Dr. Henry Tanudjaja, and Dr. Jia Wei Chew.
DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2020.116919
 
February 2020
An update on our work on oil spills under ice: Michigan Policy Wonk article
 
February 2020
Xunhao Wang passes his PhD qualifying exam. Congratulations, Xunhao!
 
December 2019
Our paper Separation performance of desanding and deoiling hydrocyclones treating three-phase feeds: Effect of oil-particle aggregates is accepted for publication in the Separation and Purification Technology journal. Congratulations to Dr. Andrii Gorobets, the first author on the paper.
DOI: 10.​1016/​j.​seppur.​2019.​116466
 
December 2019
We are saying goodbye to Dr. Artyom Vorobiov after his very productive stay in our research group as a Fulbright Scholar. With two joint manuscripts in preparation we look forward to seeing these papers through and to our continued collaboration.
 
November 2019
Dr. Peng Chen leaves the group after a very productive research stay. Farewell, Peng! We hope you return to MSU for another visit soon.
 

October 2019
Our paper Oil droplet behavior on model nanofiltration membrane surfaces under conditions of hydrodynamic shear and salinity is accepted for publication in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. The paper is based in part on the PhD dissertation of Dr. Emily Tummons and includes significant contributions by Charifa Hejase. Congratulations to both Emily and Charifa! Coauthoring the paper are our colleagues Dr. Jia Wei Chew (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), Dr. Merlin Bruening (University of Notre Dame) and Dr. Zhefei Yang (University of Massachusetts at Amherst).
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2019.10.012

tummons, 2019

August 2019
Charifa Hejase is awarded Dissertation Completion Fellowship by MSU Graduate School. Congratulations, Charifa!
 
August 2019
Dr. Artyom Vorobiov, a Fulbright Scholar from Belarus joins our group for a four month stay. In his home country, Artyom leads a laboratory at the Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry of the National Academy of Sciences. Welcome, Artyom!
 
August 2019
Dr. Peng Chen from Zhejiang University of Water Resources and Electric Power (China) joins our group for a semester long visit. Welcome, Peng!
 
July-August 2019
Hokkaido Summer Institute "Membrane Technology for Water and Wastewater Treatment: Fundamentals and Applications” at Hokkaido University. The course was co-taught with Professors Katsuki Kimura (Hokkaido University), Pierre Berube (University of British Columbia), Harsha Ratnaweera (Norwegian University of Life Sciences) and Xuejun Bi (Qingdao Technological University).
 

June 2019
Xunhao Wang defends his MS project "Human adenovirus adhesion to dry and hydrated lip balm". Congratulations to Xunhao and special thanks to the guidance committee members: Dr. Irene Xagoraraki (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) and Dr. Kristin Parent (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology).
2019 commencement - CEE faculty

 
June 2019
Dr. Reyhan Sengur-Tasdemir is a recipient of the Best Ph.D. dissertation award at Istanbul Technical University. Reyhan was co-advised by Dr. Tarabara during her PhD studies at MEM-TEK and ITU. Her main adviser was Prof. Ismail Koyuncu. Congratulations, Reyhan!
 

May 2019
Congratulations to Dr. Melike Urper and Turker Turken from MEM-TEK at Istanbul Technical University on successful PhD defenses! Excellent work by both! And of course, congratulations to your adviser, Prof. Ismail Koyuncu.

2019 commencement - CEE faculty
At ITU after Turker's defense

2019 commencement - CEE faculty
With Professors Mark Wiesner (Duke University) and Ismail Koyuncu (Istanbul Technical University) on the shore of the Bosphorus after Melike's and Turker's defenses.

 
May 2019
The research project started by Emily Tummons and continued by Charifa Hejase is presented by Charifa at 2019 NAMS annual meeting in Pittsburgh. The presentation's title is "Oil drop behavior on model nanofiltration membrane surfaces under conditions of hydrodynamic shear". Dr. Zhefei Yang (U Mass Amherst), Prof. Jia Wei Chew (Nanyang Technological University) and Prof. Merlin Bruening (University of Notre Dame) are our collaborators on this project.
 

May 2019
Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty at 2019 Engineering commencement ceremony, Breslin Center, East Lansing.

2019 commencement - CEE faculty

Congratulations to Brendan Wrobel, who is the best (of the best)! And congratulations and THANK YOU to his family, who are the best (of the best of the best). Brendan graduated with the highest GPA in his class and did amazing job as an undergraduate research assistant. The research project Brendan helped get off the ground continues in our lab.

Brendan Wrobel - graduation

 

April 2019
Congratulations to Akshay Murali, Remi Gonety, Daniel Thomas and Brendan Wrobel whose work on plant-derived coagulants received two awards over the last month:
- The poster "Coagulation and flocculation using plant-derived materials for low-cost water treatment: The case for Moringa oleifera" received best poster award in the "Sustainability and Environment" category at 2019 MSU Engineering graduate research symposium.
- The poster "Natural coagulants as low-cost alternatives for water treatment in resource-constrained setting: The case for Moringa oleifera" received 2nd place award at 2019 Fate of the Earth symposium.
Special recognition goes to Akshay -  the lead student researcher on the project - for presenting the work so effectively!

 
April 2019
Our paper Filterability of surface water from Tbilisi Sea: Preliminary assessment of ultrafiltration as a process alternative is accepted for publication in Separation Science and Technology journal. The paper is a collaborative work of our group with colleagues from the Agricultural University of Georgia (AgrUni) and Free University of Tbilisi (FreeUni). Congratulations to student co-authors Avtandil Kobaladze, Irakli Lomidze, Sandro Maludze, Archil Sakevarashvili, Tamuna  Tkeshelashvili, and to AgrUni colleagues Prof. Metreveli, Prof. Titvinidze and Prof. Didebulidze!

April 2019
Prof. Tarabara receives Doctor Honoris Causa from the Agricultural University of Georgia (Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia).
Announcement
AgrUni lecture and the award ceremony

April 2019
Vincent Marinelli presents his research on microfiltration of emulsified oil at 2019 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum and wins the award for the best UURAF poster in the Environmental Science and Natural Resources category. Co-authors include Charifa Hejase, Drs. Sina Mamouri and Andre Benard (MSU Mechanical Engineering) and Dr. Jia Wei Chew (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore).
Congratulations, Vince!
dang, 2019

March 2019
Xunhao Wang and Akshay Murali present their research at 2019 MSU Engineering Graduate Research Symposium.
 

March 2019
A review paper Membrane-based separation for oily wastewater: A practical perspective is accepted for publication in Water Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2019.03.021
The paper is a collaborative work of our group with colleagues from the Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Membrane Technology Center. Prof. Jia Wei Chew (NTU) is the lead author with Henry Tanudjaja (NTU) and Charifa Hejase sharing the first authorship. Congratulations, Henry and Charifa!