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


How can workers be protected from natural radiation?

Minerals, ores and other raw materials are mined and processed in many countries. Some may contain naturally occurring radioactive material, known as NORM. Physical and chemical processing can increase the concentration of NORM.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/multimedia/videos/how-can-workers-be-protected-from-natural-radiation

Geospatial Commission consultation

The BGS is a partner body of the Geospatial Commission that was announced in November 2017.

http://www.bgs.ac.uk/news/item.cfm?id=8973

How Nuclear Techniques Detect Heart Problems and Help Save Lives

Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death globally. Women are particularly at risk of premature death by heart disease. The IAEA supports Member States like Cuba by training health staff and providing medical equipment to diagnose... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/multimedia/videos/how-nuclear-techniques-detect-heart-problems-and-help-save-lives

IAEA Unveils Unique World Uranium Map

The IAEA has launched a comprehensive, online interactive and integrated digital map of the world’s uranium distribution and deposits. This second edition of World Distribution of Uranium Deposits was developed with contributions from the... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/iaea-unveils-unique-world-uranium-map

Meet Oklo, the Earth’s Two-billion-year-old Only Known Natural Nuclear Reactor

Physicist Francis Perrin sat at a nuclearfuel-processing plant down in the south of France, thinking to himself: “This cannot be possible.” It was 1972. On the one hand, there was a dark piece of radioactive natural uranium ore, extracted from a... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/meet-oklo-the-earths-two-billion-year-old-only-known-natural-nuclear-reactor

Chief Geologist for Scotland

I am delighted to announce that Helen Bonsor has been appointed as our new Chief Geologist for Scotland from 1 September 2018

http://www.bgs.ac.uk/news/item.cfm?id=8969

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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