Tom Sleutels

Theme coordinator Protein from water


My ambition in research is to use microorganisms and renewable electricity to recover energy and resources to make processes cleaner. To do so effectively, I want to understand these processes from a fundamental point of view, but I also actively cooperate with industry to find applications. As this requires many disciplines, I like to do this as part of a group of people with a variety of backgrounds. Besides my research experience, I have experience in writing and coordinating European project proposals.


MSc, Bioprocess Engineering, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, 2004PhD, Environmental Technology, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, 2010

Research interests

(Bio)electrochemistry, industrial biotechnology, bioprocess engineering, thermodynamics of microbial conversions

Selected list of publications

(Full list: Google Scholar)

  • L Caiz├ín-Juanarena, C Borsje, T Sleutels, D Yntema, C Santoro, I Ieoropoulos, F Soavi, A ter Heijne. ”Combination of bioelectrochemical systems and electrochemical capacitors: Principles, analysis and opportunities” (2019) Biotechnology Advances, 107456
  • M Dopson, G Ni, T Sleutels, ”Possibilitiesfor extremophilic microorganisms in microbial electrochemical systems” (2015) FEMS microbiology reviews, fuv044
  • T Sleutels; A ter Heijne, CJN Buisman; HVM Hamelers, ”Bioelectrochemical Systems: an outlook for practical application” (2012) ChemSusChem 5 (6) 1012-1019
  • T Sleutels, HVM Hamelers, RA Rozendal, CJN Buisman. ”Ion transport resistance in Microbial Electrolysis Cells with anion and cation exchange membranes” (2009) International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 34(9): 3612-3620
  • BE Logan, D Call, S Cheng, HVM Hamelers, T Sleutels, AW Jeremiasse, RA Rozendal. ”Microbial electrolysis cells for high yield hydrogen gas production from organic matter” (2008) Environmental Science and Technology 42: 8630-8640.