Nuclear Science:Latin America & Caribbean

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


New IAEA Database to Help Countries Tackle Growing Obesity Crisis

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) this week launched a database aimed at helping countries devise better health policies to combat a growing obesity epidemic worldwide. The IAEA database contains human energy expenditure measurements... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/new-iaea-database-to-help-countries-tackle-growing-obesity-crisis

Using Nuclear Science to Control Animal Diseases

Sick animals can threaten the health of people. Diseases such as avian influenza, Ebola and rabies are becoming more frequent. But nuclear-derived techniques can detect the virus in 24 hours allowing farmers to isolate and treat infected animals... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/multimedia/videos/using-nuclear-science-to-control-animal-diseases

Glasgow geothermal project heats up with first borehole

The first borehole is being drilled at the UK Geoenergy Observatory for Glasgow, allowing scientists to ‘see’ underground at the world-class geothermal energy research site in the east end of the city.
Further information on UKGEOS:... http://www.bgs.ac.uk/news/docs/GlasgowGeothermalBorehole.pdf

Seismicity at Preston New Road, Oct - Dec 2018

Since hydraulic fracturing operations started at Preston New Road, near Blackpool, some earthquakes have been detected close to the area of operations. Details of Seismicity at Preston New Road, October 2018.

https://www.bgs.ac.uk/news/item.cfm?id=9267

IAEA Concludes Long-Term Operational Safety Review at Armenia’s Nuclear Power Plant

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has completed a review of long-term operational safety at the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant (ANPP).

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/iaea-concludes-long-term-operational-safety-review-at-armenias-nuclear-power-plant

A Health Policy with Atomic Precision in Mauritius

For many countries, growing wealth often means growing waistlines and the accompanying preventable diseases. To better understand the impact of nutrition on national health, countries like Mauritius are turning to nuclear techniques.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/a-health-policy-with-atomic-precision-in-mauritius

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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