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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


Tripling Cassava Yields with the Help of Nuclear Science: IAEA Commemorates World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

Seeing is believing, and when neighbouring farmers visit Theogene Ntakarutimana’s cassava farm in central Burundi, on what is increasingly arid terrain, they are often speechless.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/tripling-cassava-yields-with-the-help-of-nuclear-science-iaea-commemorates-world-day-to-combat-desertification-and-drought

IAEA Mission Says Armenia Has Strengthened its Regulatory Framework Amid Ongoing Challenges

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts said Armenia has made progress in strengthening its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety but still faces challenges, including a shortage of qualified and experienced... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/iaea-mission-says-armenia-has-strengthened-its-regulatory-framework-amid-ongoing-challenges

Crime Fighting and Forensics with Accelerators: IAEA/ICTP Workshop Concludes

Whether it’s for solving a crime or preventing one, high energy particles can be used to help uncover forensic evidence that other methods alone may miss or aren’t able to detect.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/crime-fighting-and-forensics-with-accelerators-iaea/ictp-workshop-concludes

IAEA Reviews Canada’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Framework

An International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts today concluded an 11-day mission to review Canada’s Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) framework for nuclear and radiological emergencies.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/iaea-reviews-canadas-emergency-preparedness-and-response-framework

Research institute Akvaplan-niva visits the Lyell Centre

Akvaplan-niva has visited the Lyell Centre, a strategic partnership between British Geological Survey (BGS) and Heriot-Watt University (HWU).

http://www.bgs.ac.uk/news/docs/LCWebPressReleaseAkvaplan-nivaVisit130619.pdf

Morocco Sets up Pest Surveillance Network in Preparation for the Suppression of the Mediterranean Fruit Fly

The cultivation and export of citrus plays a significant role in Morocco’s economy: it employs more than 13 000 farmers and farm workers and produces exports of US $300 million per year.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/morocco-sets-up-pest-surveillance-network-in-preparation-for-the-suppression-of-the-mediterranean-fruit-fly

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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