Dr Ruben Sakrabani , Senior Lecturer in Soil Chemistry

Dr Ruben Sakrabani
Designation: Senior Lecturer in Soil Chemistry
Department: Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute, Environment and Agrifood
Tel 44 1234 750111
Email study@cranfield.ac.uk

Academic qualifications
2016  Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
2013  Chartered Chemist
2010  Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy
2010 Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Cranfield University
2004  Applied Environmental Chemistry PhD, University of Bradford 
1998  Environmental Pollution Control MSc, University of Leeds (recipient of the British High Commissioner’s Chevening Award)
1997  Chemistry BSc (Hons, 2.1), National University of Malaysia

What I can offer
Since 2002, I have supervised 10 PhD and over 50 MSc students. Some of the students are currently working as post-doctoral researchers at universities and others are working at environmental consultancies. I am able to offer prospective students personal attention and dedication to achieve their academic goals. This is possible due to the research intensive, postgraduate study environment that Cranfield University offers, supported by well-equipped laboratories and library facilities. We are host to two, multi-million pound, agricultural technology centres – the Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre (Agri-EPI) and the centre for Crop Health and Protection (CHAP). These new facilities enhance the teaching and learning experience; they enable us to scale up our research to be closer to the real-life environment, and prepare our students for careers in industry as well as world-leading research and advisory institutions.

What I seek in a candidate
I have students from many different backgrounds on this course, some with experience in the area or a relevant undergraduate degree, others who are changing fields and career direction. The most successful are those who are dedicated and goal driven to do well in my courses in environment and agrifood here at Cranfield.   They should be inquisitive, motivated and crave new information that will fuel their thirst for knowledge and passion for their work.

Latest research
My latest research focuses on the efficient use of organic waste as a valuable resource that can be used in agriculture to support crop production and food security. This area of research is of interest to companies in agribusiness, horticulture, fertiliser, waste management and sanitation ventures worldwide. It is vital in ensuring that we can strike a balance in preserving the environment whilst ensuring there is adequate food to meet the demand of a growing global population.

Research interest(s):

  1. Fertiliser potential of organic residues when used in temperate and tropical agriculture.
  2. Movement of pollutants in soil and their persistence in the environment
  3. Use of palm oil biowaste as a resource in plantations  
  4. Renewable sources of phosphorus fertiliser derived from biosolids.
  5. Sanitation residue as sources of fertiliser in developing countries.

Funded research



Subject of study


2016 – 2018

Fostering water agriculture reuse in Malta


2016 – 2018

Evaluating locally sourced agricultural residues in ameliorating heavy metal uptake and organic matter dynamics in cocoa plantations in Indonesia



Maximising fertiliser value from human waste in Madagascar



Biochar on arable soil – effects on nutrient and water dynamics


2016 – 2017

Evaluating and predicting nutrients availability from palm oil biowaste, using sensor and cloud technology to meet crop demands in Malaysia



Formulation, utilisation and evaluation of organomineral fertilisers from sewage sludge