Esmeralda Herrero BSc. PhD


Esmeralda Herrero graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) with a BSc in Pharmacology and completed a PhD in Microbiology in University College Dublin. Her research investigated bacterial proteases and their role in prion decontamination and was filed into a UK patent in 2015. Following her PhD, Esmeralda worked for a year as research and development scientist for a novel biotech company before her role as scientific officer in virology in airmid healthgroup.

Esmeralda has over 5 years research experience in mammalian cell culture, molecular biology, bacterial culturing, infectious assays, protein purification, protein biochemistry and laboratory management


Tristan Russell BSc. PhD


Tristan graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc in Microbiology. During his degree, Tristan completed a one-year internship at a pharmaceutical company where he gained experience of working in an industrial laboratory. Tristan moved to Ireland in 2014 after choosing to study for a PhD at University College Dublin. The PhD research used molecular biology techniques to study infectious disease, specifically host-virus interactions. Tristan recently graduated from his PhD and joined the virology team at airmid healthgroup in the spring of 2019.  


Kevin Ellison


Kevin is in his third year at DCU where he has been studying Genetics and Cell biology. He is working in the Environmental Chambers under the supervision of Jake Behan.


ASTM D5116-10

Description of Test

Determination of Organic Emissions from Indoor Materials/Products by placing them in a Small-Scale Environmental Chamber

Products/Materials that can be tested

Any product or material that is used within an indoor environment. Common examples would include: Paint, Adhesives, Flooring such as Carpet and Vinyl linoleum, Solvents, Finishes, Cleaning Products, Furniture & Bedding Constituents. A smaller representative sample of larger products is used.


This test determines the specific emission rates of Volatile Organic Compounds emitted from product specimens. Specimens are placed into a sealed chamber which has a specified constant temperature, relative humidity, ventilation rate and product loading factor. As the air in the chamber is fully mixed, VOC concentrations measured at the chamber exhaust are representative of air concentrations' in the chamber. From the airflow rate into chamber, the VOC concentration, and the exposed surface area of the specimen, an area-specific emission rate or emission factor is calculated using the steady-state form of the mass-balance model.

Turnaround Time

5 weeks