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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


Enhancing Safeguards Verification Work with Innovative Technology

An unmanned surface vehicle (USV) is the winner of the IAEA Robotics Challenge. This small floating robot can help IAEA inspectors verify the presence of nuclear material stored underwater.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/multimedia/videos/enhancing-safeguards-verification-work-with-innovative-technology

Connecting Experts and Institutions to Increase the Effectiveness of Nuclear Forensics

Connecting scientists, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, nuclear regulators and policy makers strengthens the capabilities to trace stolen or lost radioactive material and support legal proceedings, participants concluded at an IAEA... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/connecting-experts-and-institutions-to-increase-the-effectiveness-of-nuclear-forensics

Viet Nam Enhances Food Quality Using Irradiation

Each morning hundreds of boxes filled with frozen seafood, dried fruits and vegetables, oriental medicines and health foods undergo a process similar to security screening at airports, but with higher intensity beams of photons or electrons – in... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/viet-nam-enhances-food-quality-using-irradiation

Earthquakes near Newdigate, Surrey

A sequence of small earthquakes started near Newdigate, Surrey, with a magnitude 2.6 ML event on 1 April 2018.

http://www.earthquakes.bgs.ac.uk/research/SurreyEarthquakes.html

Using Radiotherapy Masks for Focused Treatment

For most types of radiotherapy to the brain, head or neck area, patients wear a mask to ensure they are in the right position for treatment. These masks are made of thermoplastic and shaped to the face.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/multimedia/videos/using-radiotherapy-masks-for-focused-treatment

Mike Stephenson appointed Visiting Professor at Nanjing University in China

Mike Stephenson has been appointed Visiting Professor at Nanjing University in China.

https://www.bgs.ac.uk/news/item.cfm?id=9508

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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