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Recent Research


Map of simplified bedrock geology of Jamaica

Cadmium Isotopic Composition Indicates Multiple Geological...

Large areas (>500 km2) of Jamaica are uniquely characterized by soils...

January 31, 2018

Determination of CO2 Emissions from Agricultural Soils...

Soil organic matter (SOM) contains more carbon than...

January 30, 2018

The Dietary Intake of Minerals and Trace Elements from...

Jamaica, a net exporter of coffee, has in recent years seen the importation of...

December 19, 2017

Who We Are?

I.C.E.N.SInternational Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Science

20171215_111533.jpgICENS is a complex of multi-disciplinary research laboratories founded in 1984 on the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies at Kingston, Jamaica and covers a diverse range of the geochemical, environmental and nuclear sciences. In 1984 it brought into operation a small Slowpoke-II research reactor provided by the European Economic Community (now the European Union). Located in a pleasant green area of 2.64 km2 (653 acres) situated at the foot of the spectacular Blue Mountains about 20 km from the Norman Manley International Airport, ICENS occupies an attractive, modern and purpose-built air-conditioned building of 950 sq. m. area. 

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ANALYTICAL AND SUPPORT FACILITIES


Neutron Activation Laboratory

Nuclear Analytical LAB

ICENS operates two very powerful complementary nuclear techniques, Neutron... Read More

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Atomic Spectroscopy and Wet Chemistry Lab

Samples in solution are analysed in this laboratory and as such, solids must either be extracted or dissolved, as appropriate.  The typically... Read More

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Radiation Safety and Nuclear Security

The Department of Radiation Safety and Nuclear Security, formally the TLD department, was conceived out of the need to monitor ICENS personnel... Read More

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Latest News


IAEA Support in the Caribbean Region

In the Caribbean region, nuclear techniques are helping address problems in food and agriculture, water and the environment, health and nutrition, industrial applications, energy planning and radiation safety.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/multimedia/videos/iaea-support-in-the-caribbean-region

Isotope Tool to Help Fight Childhood Obesity Now in Use in Southern and Eastern Europe

Public health professionals from nine countries in Southern and Eastern Europe are equipped to use a stable isotope method to assess body composition following a four-year project to strengthen efforts to reduce childhood overweight and obesity,... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/isotope-tool-to-help-fight-childhood-obesity-now-in-use-in-southern-and-eastern-europe

IAEA Concludes Long Term Operational Safety Review of Romania’s Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts today completed a review of long term operational safety at the Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Romania.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/iaea-concludes-long-term-operational-safety-review-of-romanias-cernavoda-nuclear-power-plant

IAEA Safety Mission Sees Significant Progress at Finland’s Loviisa Nuclear Power Plant, Encourages Continued Improvement

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts said the operator of Finland’s Loviisa Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) has strengthened operational safety in many areas, such as severe accident management and emergency preparedness, since... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/iaea-safety-mission-sees-significant-progress-at-finlands-loviisa-nuclear-power-plant-encourages-continued-improvement

Fighting Two Major Cassava Diseases in Burundi with Nuclear Technology

When Burundian cassava farmers split open the plant’s starchy root, they’re hoping to find white flesh that resembles coconut meat.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/fighting-two-major-cassava-diseases-in-burundi-with-nuclear-technology

Registration Open: IAEA Offers Laboratories to Test their Capacity for the Isotopic Analysis of Water

Analysing the source of water is the first step in the development of effective strategies to ensure its availability in the long run and protect water quality.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/registration-open-iaea-offers-laboratories-to-test-their-capacity-for-the-isotopic-analysis-of-water

Recent Projects


The Jamaican SLOWPOKE

The Jamaican SLOWPOKE HEU-LEU Core Conversion

The 2014–2015 academic year was a pivotal year for ICENS, after 31 years of...

May 1, 2018

Coordinated Research Project (CRP): Options and...

Coordinated Research Project (CRP): Options and Technologies for Managing...

May 1, 2018
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