About Pyrolyscience

Pyrolyscience provides analytical and scientific services for the assessment of the molecular composition of natural organic matter by means of Py-GC-MS and THM-GC-MS. Due to the complexities of pyrolytic reactions, good research in this field requires abundant knowledge and experience, and as a result this molecular characterization method is infra-utilized in many fields. Pyrolyscience focuses on providing that know-how, especially in the fields of the Earth and Heritage sciences, opening new doors for many scientists et al. Pyrolyscience also aims to provide a platform on analytical pyrolysis research and outreach through its website Pyrolyscience.com, in particular on issues related to natural organic matter. This includes comments and new findings from unpublished material, by means of the Analytical Pyrolysis Letters (see section Journal). This aims to facilitate discussions on analytical pyrolysis away from the general science communication media (articles, books, conferences).

Pyrolyscience gives recommendations on sample preparation, provides analytical services, and data evaluation up to the final phases of scientific research (publication in peer-reviewed  journals and scientific divulgation). By doing so, scientists and research groups can explore the realms of analytical pyrolysis without investing in equipment or training/hiring qualified personnel. In this sense, Pyrolyscience represents a different way of performing science not only in terms of methodology, but also in the nature of research collaboration through public–private partnership (PPP). If done correctly, this kind of collaboration is very time- and cost-efficient.

Our Mission

Pyrolyscience’s mission is to breathe fresh air into analytical pyrolysis applications, particularly in the fields of Earth Science and Heritage Science (in a wide sense: agronomy, archaeology, archaeometry, ecology, limnology, organic geochemistry, palaeoclimatology, petroleum science, soil science, etc.).

Pyrolyscience aims to provide high-quality analysis and data evaluation in the field of analytical pyrolysis, in particular pyrolysis-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (Py-GC-MS) and associated methods such as derivatizion-Py-GC-MS (e.g. THM-GC-MS). Analytical pyrolysis is a rapid and straightforward approach to identification of organic polymers and mixtures thereof. These are cleaved by thermal energy in inert gas (pyrolysis) and their products separated by GC and identified by means of MS. Especially in complex samples such analysis allows for a quick screening of virtually all the organic constituents present in a sample

People

Joeri Kaal

Founder and Director

Joeri Kaal finished his MSc. in Earth Sciences at IBED of University of Amsterdam studying tannin adsorption by synthetic soils. He completed his PhD research on the fire history of Galicia in 2011 – using molecular (Py-GC-MS, NMR), pollen (palynology) and charcoal (anthracology) records – at the University of Santiago de Compostela and the Institute of Heritage Sciences (Incipit, CSIC). Since then, he worked as an independent scientist performing palaeoecological and analytical pyrolysis research. Working at both the soil science department of the University of Santiago de Compostela and the Incipit, being responsible of an organic chemistry lab, allowed him to work with a large variety of organic materials from Earth and Heritage science, gaining experience and versatility. In 2018, he launched Pyrolyscience. Joeri is author of more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals (Researchgate profile).

 

Prof. Dr. Felipe Criado Boado

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board

Since 2001, Felipe is director of the Institute of Heritage Sciences (Incipit) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Santiago de Compostela. He is currently President of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA). Lecturer at the University of Santiago de Compostela from 1984 to 2000. Director of Humanities and Social Sciences of CSIC. Author of twelve scientific books and monographies, around 150 research articles in international and Spanish journals, 100 papers presented at national and international congresses, and about 60 dissemination and educational papers. Supervisor of 18 PhD and 53 MPhil Dissertations. Major research areas: Landscape Archaeology (mostly dealing with Megalithism and origins of monumental architecture, Rock art and formation of peasant landscapes); Archaeological theory (special interest on interpretive theory, critical heritage studies and public science); and Heritage Studies (with focus on the developments of archaeological and heritage knowledge for the production and social use of cultural values).

Prof. Dr. Antonio Martínez Cortizas

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board

Professor of Soil Science, University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), since 2007; former member of the Scientific Committee of the Centre for Advanced Studies (USC), Advisor of the Archaeometry Service (USC), Advisor on Research Strategic Plans (Vicerectorate of Investigatigation and Innovation – USC); at present, member of the Heritage Comission of the Consello da Cultura Galega. Author of over 200 research papers in international and Spanish journals, 60 chapters/contributions to books, author/editor of books (5) and journals special issues (3), over 100 presentations in conferences and more than 50 invited talks. Supervisor of 19 PhD and 43 MSc (and related). About 20 stays in international research institutions. Main research areas: palaeoenvironmental reconstruction (climate and vegetation change, soil erosion, atmospheric metal pollution); environmental geochemistry; archaoemetry of archaeological sites and artifacts; wetlands; soil science.

Dr. Ir. Klaas G.J. NIerop

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board

Klaas Nierop studied Chemical Technology with specialisation in organic chemistry at Twente University. After obtaining his PhD at Wageningen University on organic matter in incipient podzols he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Amsterdam on soil (organic matter) chemistry, meanwhile meeting Joeri. Moving to Utrecht University (UU) he changed from terrestrial to marine geochemistry and currently works as an analytical (geo)chemist at the organic geochemical and stable isotope labs of the GeoLab. He functions as the interface between scientists, technicians and students, which he advises on analytical and organic chemical techniques. He is Associate Editor of Organic Geochemistry and has published ~90 papers in internationally refereed journals. Klaas is a renowned expert in the field of analytical pyrolysis. He has unparalleled knowledge on aliphatic and phenolic macromolecules in soils and sediments and their characterization using analytical pyrolysis. Research interest include analytical development and application of biomarkers (both extractable lipids and biopolymers) to trace (past) environmental conditions.