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Brendan Healy

Analytical Technologist

Research Interests

Responsible for the day to day running of soil laboratories at Johnstown Castle where pH, lime requirement, available P,K,Mg (Morgan’s), Mehlich 3 and soil digest analysis are performed on research soil samples. Tasks include sample preparation, extraction/filtering, reagent preparation and instrumentation analysis.

Other roles include developing standard operating procedures for processes in compliance with best laboratory practices, method development on lab. instrumentation and performing instrumentation maintenance. As part of my health & safety duties in Johnstown Castle I am responsible for the management of chemical waste.


  • 2001 - Pd.D in Physical Chemistry, National University of Ireland, Maynooth                                    (Published thesis titled: ‘Experimental and Theoretical Analysis of the                                  Spectroscopy of Atomic Cadmium Isolated in Low Temperature Solids’)
  • 1996 - B.Sc (1st Class Honours) Honours Degree, National University of Ireland,                            Maynooth


Position: Forensic Scientist
Address: Forensic Science Ireland, Garda HQ, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8.
Date of Employment: March 2003 – November 2016

Position: Executive Assistant
Address: N.U.I. Maynooth, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
Date of Employment: July 2001 – February 2003


  • Received President’s scholarship award from N.U.I. Maynooth in 1996/1997.
  • Received Rev. Michael T. Casey award in 1996 from Chemistry Department, N.U.I. Maynooth.

Dr. Healy has published many peer reviewied papers:

Healy, B., Kerins, P. and McCaffrey, J., 2012. Metal atom (Zn, Cd and Mg) luminescence in solid neon. Low Temperature Physics, 38(8), pp.679-687.

Healy, B. and McCaffrey, J., 2000. Simulation of Atomic Cadmium Spectroscopy in Rare Gas Solids Using Pair Potentials. The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 104(16), pp.3553-3562.

Kerins, P., Healy, B. and McCaffrey, J., 2000. A synchrotron radiation study of high-lying excited states of matrix-isolated atomic magnesium. Low Temperature Physics, 26(9), pp.756-761.

Healy, B. and McCaffrey, J., 1999. Luminescence spectroscopy of matrix-isolated atomic cadmium. The Journal of Chemical Physics, 110(8), pp.3903-3912.