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 the atmosphere and terrestrial...

January 30, 2018
coffee beans

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

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

December 19, 2017

Who We Are?

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

20171215_111533.jpg ICENS 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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Nuclear Analytical LAB

ICENS operates two very powerful complementary nuclear techniques, Neutron Activation Analysis and... 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 Director General Visits Philippines: Discusses Support for Nuclear Techniques in Food Security, Health and Nuclear Power

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano met with senior officials during his visit to Philippines last week, and in discussions with Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, he was briefed about the country’s consideration of a possible future nuclear power... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/iaea-director-general-visits-philippines-discusses-support-for-nuclear-techniques-in-food-security-health-and-nuclear-power

How Nuclear Technology Helped Mexico after Strong Quake

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake destroyed hundreds of buildings in Mexico City, where many damaged structures still stand. The IAEA briefed Mexican experts about using non-destructive testing techniques to examine whether the buildings are still safe... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/multimedia/videos/how-nuclear-technology-helped-mexico-after-strong-quake

Interagency Task Force Continues Work on Cervical Cancer

An update on the progress of the United Nations (UN) Joint Global Programme on Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control was presented at the tenth meeting of the UN Interagency Task Force on Noncommunicable Disease (UNIATF). The meeting, in which... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/interagency-task-force-continues-work-on-cervical-cancer

Global patterns of nitrate storage in the unsaturated zone

The unsaturated (vadose) zone between the base of soils and the water table can be an important store of nitrate. Water moves slowly downward through the unsaturated zone and so a large store of nitrate can accumulate if this water contains... http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/groundwater/quality/nitrate/global-unsaturated-zone.html

IAEA Advises Mozambique on Strengthening Regulatory Infrastructure

An IAEA Advisory Mission to Mozambique, conducted as part of a project to support African states in regulatory infrastructure development, found that the country has a strong foundation for radiation safety legislation.


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