Shafeer Kalathil

VC Senior Fellow

Research 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.



Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • PhD, Chemical Engineering

Professional Qualifications

  • Member of Royal Society of Biology, MRSB

    1 Jun 2020 -
  • Member of Royal Society of Chemistry, MRSC

    1 Jun 2018 -