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Sacha Mooney

Professor in Soil Physics & Head of Division of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science


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I am currently Professor (2012-) in Soil Physics at the University of Nottingham having previously been Reader (2010-2012), Associate Professor (2006-2010) and Lecturer (2000-2006). My research is focused on utilizing information on the structural geometry of porous media to understand and predict its behaviour and subsequent function. Given this rather general theme my interests have considerable overlap across many disciplines and as such I work with many varied groups of researchers from engineers to mathematicians to geographers to biologists. One of my current interests is utilizing imaging techniques such as X-ray Computed Tomography, and we have recently won funds to establish a new facility (The Hounsfield Facility) that houses three CT scanners capable of visualising materials from the nano scale to the metre scale. For further details on this and current research projects please visit

Teaching Summary

I currently teach on several modules related to soil science, image processing and project management. These include:

Soil and Water Science

Soil Science


Environmental Science Fieldcourse

Research Methods B

MSci Research Project

Research Summary

My research is currently focused on exploring plant-soil interactions of which X-ray Computed Tomography is employed in most studies. My group has several funded projects in this area including:

BBSRC Responsive Mode Grant (under the soil-water highlight): Truly Predicting Water Uptake in Wheat (with Tiina Roose at University of Southampton). 2012-2015.

BBSRC Responsive Mode Grant (under the photosynthesis highlight): Optimising Photosynthetic Efficiency via Leaf Structure (with Andy Fleming at University of Sheffield). 2012-2015.

BBSRC Responsive Mode: Soil Surface Matters (with Karl Ritz, Cranfield University & Stefan Doerr, Swansea University)

BBSRC International Partnering Award: Brazil: sustainable soil management for improved food security and bioenergy delivery. 2012-2015.

ERC FutureRoots (PI Malcolm Bennett) c. £4M. 2012-2017.

European Plant Phenotyping Network (EPPN): Nottingham one of 14 European Partners. 2012-2017.

Enhancing resource Uptake from Roots under stress in cereal crops (EUROOT): Nottingham one of 20 European Partners. 2012-2017.

My group also has several industrial and commercial projects some of which can be found here:

In addition, I am also involved in 10 PhD research programmes, further details are available here

Selected Publications

School of Biosciences

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Nr Loughborough
LE12 5RD, UK

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