Organic Matter in Soils ans Sediments (MOSS)


MOSS Group from IRNAS-CSIC represents an international reference laboratory in Organic Geochemistry and the first group in Spain in studying Humus Chemistry. The group have contributed decisively to the advance of knowledge in the molecular characterization of humic substances present in soils, water and sediments, as well as in fossil resources (peat, coals, kerogens, etc.) and residues with use in agriculture (composts, fertilizer humates, biochar, etc.). The group maintains an applied multidisciplinar R+D+I strategy, frequent and stable collaborations with national and international research groups and with the industry. The group have fully equipped organic geochemistry laboratories and advanced analytical instrumentation for the characterization of macromolecular complex organic materials (Solid State NMR, GC/MS, Pyr-GC/MS, IRMS, GC-IRMS).

Main specialization

Scientific Area:
ERC discipline:
  • PE - DOMAIN PHYSICAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
  • PE10 Earth System Science
Industrial Leadership:
  • 3. Advanced materials
  • 3.7. Optimization of the use of materials
Societal Challenges:
  • 5. Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials
  • 5.2. Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems