Nuclear Research Reactors

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’s Grossi at COP 25: Strengthening Ties for Climate Action

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi, speaking after a meeting today with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said they both recognized that nuclear energy is part of the solution to the climate crisis and the IAEA plays a... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/iaeas-grossi-at-cop-25-strengthening-ties-for-climate-action

IAEA's Grossi at COP 25: More Nuclear Power Needed for Clean Energy Transition

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi, speaking at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 25) today, said greater use of low-carbon nuclear power is needed to ensure the global transition to clean energy, including to back up... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/iaeas-grossi-at-cop-25-more-nuclear-power-needed-for-clean-energy-transition

Human Rights Day: How Nuclear Techniques Help Madagascar Villagers Access Clean Drinking Water

Amidst the penetrating smells of rotting and burning garbage and constantly chased by thousands of flies live the 4000 residents of Ambaniala, a village built right on the edge of the Andralanitra municipal waste dump of Antananarivo, the country... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/human-rights-day-how-nuclear-techniques-help-madagascar-villagers-access-clean-drinking-water

Second Shipment of Low Enriched Uranium Completes IAEA LEU Bank

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today received the second and final shipment of low-enriched uranium (LEU) at a purpose-built facility in Kazakhstan housing the IAEA LEU Bank, which was established to provide assurance to countries... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/second-shipment-of-low-enriched-uranium-completes-iaea-leu-bank

New IAEA Chief Grossi Heads to UN Climate Change Conference on First Official Trip

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi, on his first official trip since taking office, will travel to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid this week to highlight the role that nuclear power can play in the global... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/new-iaea-chief-grossi-heads-to-un-climate-change-conference-on-first-official-trip

IAEA Mission Sees Safety Commitment at Slovakian NPP Ahead of Commercial Operation

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts observed a commitment to safety by the operator of Unit 3 of the Mochovce Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Slovakia ahead of the start of its commercial operation. The team also identified... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/iaea-mission-sees-safety-commitment-at-slovakian-npp-ahead-of-commercial-operation

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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