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Pallavee Srivastava  AFHEA MIMMM

Dr Pallavee Srivastava



Research associate

School of Engineering

Queen's Buildings - South Building, Room 3.17D, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a Research Associate in Geoenvironmental Research Centre, within the School of engineering and a UNESCO Research Fellow as part of the UNESCO Chair team in the development of a Sustainable Geoenvironment.

I am presently working on an EPSRC sponsored project ASPIRE (Accelerated supergene processes in repository engineering) that aims to create a sustainable method to remediate contaminated waste and resource recovery. My research interests are interdisciplinary and with time have evolved from just basic sciences to applied. Primary area of research include geomicrobiology and environmental microbiology, geoenvironmental engineering, molecular genetics, biogeochemical and electrokinetic engineering, and nanobiotechnology for monitoring and contaminated land remediation, resource recovery, and carbon sequestration. 











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Area of interests:  Geomicrobiology, Metal-Microbe Interaction, Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology, Nanobiotechnoogy, and Materials Science.

Position Title People Sponsor Duration
Junior Research Fellow Biological Synthesis of Metal Sulfide and Metallic Nanoparticles using Halophilic Archaeobacteria Kowshik M, Ramanan SR MoES (Ministry of Earth Science) 2011-2014
Newton International Fellow New insight into the microbial transformation of selenium for bio-remediation and bio-recovery Mitchell A Royal Society, SERB (Science and Engineering Research Board) 2018-2021
Co-PI Quantitative analysis of biologically 
synthesized selenium for application in Photovoltaics
Mitchell A,   
Tomes JJ, Srivastava P, Evans A
University Research Fund (Aberystwyth University) September 2019- December 2019
Research Associate ASPIRE (Accelerated Supergene Processes in Repository Engineering) Sapsford, D, Cleall, P,  Harbottle, M, Owen, N, Weightman, A EPSRC July 2021-February 2022; December 2022- March 2024
Research Associate METAL-SoLVER (Mine Effluent Treatment At Low-cost using Sustainable Vertical Flow Reactors) Saspford, D WEFO March 2022-November 2022


I was recently awarded the Associate Fellow Advanced HE status.

I am teaching the 2nd year Environmnetal Engineering module including the field trip, and the  MSc Industrial Practice module.


I am an early career researcher, at present working as a postdoctoral Research Associate on the ASPIRE project in the Geoenvironmental Centre, School of Engineering, Cardiff University since July 2021. I am a UNESCO Research Fellow as part of the team that has been appointed as the new UNESCO Chair in the Development of Sustainable Geoenvironment. The team is headed by Prof. Devin Sapsford (UNESCO Chair) and has Dr Fei Jin, Dr Arif Mohammad, and me as team members.

Following my Masters in Bio-Medical Engineering at VIT University and a master’s thesis at NUS, I joined BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa campus as JRF, and SRF in the third year, on a Ministry of Earth Science (MoES) sponsored project entitled 'Biological Synthesis of Metal Sulfide and Metallic Nanoparticles using Halophilic Archaeobacteria' (2011-2014). I extended this work to include synthesis of nanoparticles using halophilic bacteria as part of my Ph.D. thesis.

Subsequently, I was awarded the SERB National Postdoctoral Fellowship (N-PDF), ‘Nano-vehicles for siRNA delivery into mouse embryonic stem cells as potential therapeutic approach in regenerative medicine'. However, I declined this to pursue my postdoc as a Royal Society-SERB Newton International fellow on ‘New insights into the microbial transformation of selenium for bio-remediation and bio-recovery' at Aberystwyth University. Whilst at Aberystwyth University, I collaborated with the Physical Sciences department and was awarded the university research fund for 'Quantitative analysis of biologically synthesized selenium for application in Photovoltaics'. I have also been the recipient of the Taith Mobility Research Grant for carrying out a short secondment in New Zealand on a passive mine water treatment system.

Professional memberships

Member of Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining


  • Bioremediation
  • Environmental biogeochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Resource recovery