Environmental Nanotechnology Research Group
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan State University
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Vlad Tarabara is an Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at Michigan State University. He received his undergraduate degree in Physics from Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute in 1997 and his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and Computational Science from Rice University in 2004. The same year he joined MSU as a tenure-track assistant professor. While at MSU, he has advised 2 postdoctoral, 5 Ph.D., 5 MS, and 14 undergraduate students.
Research in the Tarabara group is the areas of membrane processes, water treatment and reuse, advanced materials and nanotechnology in water quality control, and environmental implications of nanotechnology. He has been the principal or co-principal investigator on 12 projects funded in the total amount of $5.6 million. The funding has come from the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, National Water Research Institute, industry, and MSU. Four of these grants are major multiyear research initiatives. Dr. Tarabara has published 2 book chapters and 26 articles in peer-reviewed journals; he has delivered 43 research presentations at national and international conferences and at other Universities.
Dr. Tarabara is a co-Director of an NSF Partnership for International Research and Education project. The project is a coordinated international effort in the area of membrane nanotechnologies that involves two research groups at MSU, a team at Duke University, research centers in France, Ukraine, and an expanding network of membrane research groups and Centers in other countries. Most recent research initiatives in the project focused on energy-saving water technologies, produced water treatment, and membrane-based pathogen removal and detection.
Dr. Tarabara regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses that cover various aspects of Environmental Engineering with a particular emphasis on the application of physicochemical processes for water quality control. Tarabara is also researching curriculum approaches and assessment techniques for developing international competencies in the Engineering classroom. In 2010, he received John K. Hudzik Emerging Leader in Advancing International Studies and Programs award. He is a member of International Water Association, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, and North American Membrane Society.