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Dr Shafeer Kalathil

VC Senior Fellow

Department: Applied Sciences

Shafeer Kalathil

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Shafeer is a Microbial Electrochemist interested in the applications of electric bacteria to produce either electricity from wastewater or value-added products from waste-carbon and he is associated with the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment ( He has an MSc in Chemistry and, a PhD in Chemical Engineering (2013) with a research focus on Microbial Fuel Cells and Artificial Photosynthesis. After his PhD, he moved to the University of Tokyo as a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellow. During his JSPS tenure, he investigated the fundamental mechanism involved in bacterial extracellular electron transfer by taking Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 as the model bacterium. After the JSPS tenure, he joined at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) as a Postdoctoral Fellow. The research at KAUST was mainly on bioinspired synthesis of graphene and metal oxides using bacterium Geobacter sulfurreducens (the highest electricity producing bacterium till date) for water oxidation catalysis. After winning Marie Curie Individual Fellowship, he joined at Dept. of Chemistry, the University Cambridge as a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow. The Marie Curie research was mainly on artificial microbial photosynthesis to produce high-value chemical/fuels directly from carbon dioxide by mimicking natural photosynthesis. He has published 30 international peer-reviewed publications (e.g. PNAS, JACS, Nature Energy, Green Chemistry, Advanced Materials and Chemistry of Materials) with an h-index of 19 (total citations: 1547, adapted from google scholar), two book chapters and has ten patents to his credit. Currently, He is serving as a Reviewer Panel Member of Journals RSC Advances and Frontiers in Microbiology (also Guest Editor). Also, He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC), the Royal Society of Biology (MRSB) and Society for Applied Microbiology.

Key Publications

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  • A three-dimensional hybrid electrode with electroactive microbes for efficient electrogenesis and chemical synthesis, Fang, X., Kalathil, S., Divitini, G., Wang, Q., Reisner, E. 3 Mar 2020, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • Semi-biological approaches to solar-to-chemical conversion, Fang, X., Kalathil, S., Reisner, E. 21 Jul 2020, In: Chemical Society Reviews
  • Synthesis of an amorphous Geobacter -manganese oxide biohybrid as an efficient water oxidation catalyst, Kalathil, S., Katuri, K., Saikaly, P. 7 Sep 2020, In: Green Chemistry
  • Bioinspired Synthesis of Reduced Graphene Oxide-Wrapped Geobacter sulfurreducens as a Hybrid Electrocatalyst for Efficient Oxygen Evolution Reaction, Kalathil, S., Katuri, K., Alazmi, A., Pedireddy, S., Kornienko, N., Costa, P., Saikaly, P. 28 May 2019, In: Chemistry of Materials
  • Disparity of Cytochrome Utilization in Anodic and Cathodic Extracellular Electron Transfer Pathways of Geobacter sulfurreducens Biofilms, Heidary, N., Kornienko, N., Kalathil, S., Fang, X., Ly, K., Greer, H., Reisner, E. 18 Mar 2020, In: Journal of the American Chemical Society
  • Dual-Function Electrocatalytic and Macroporous Hollow-Fiber Cathode for Converting Waste Streams to Valuable Resources Using Microbial Electrochemical Systems, Katuri, K., Kalathil, S., Ragab, A., Bian, B., Alqahtani, M., Pant, D., Saikaly, P. 27 Jun 2018, In: Advanced Materials

PGR Supervision

Ching Yau Artificial microbial photosynthesis: development of biohybrid systems to produce solar chemicals and fuels from waste-carbon Start Date: 01/10/2020


  • Chemical Engineering PhD February 22 2013
  • Member of Royal Society of Biology MRSB 2020
  • Member of Royal Society of Chemistry MRSC 2018

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