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


Building Skills and Knowledge Using Research Reactors

Research reactors are an important resource for training nuclear professionals worldwide, but only around a quarter of countries have their own research reactors.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/building-skills-and-knowledge-using-research-reactors

BGS highlights Covid-19 response in visit from Borough Council

The British Geological Survey (BGS) has welcomed chief officials from Rushcliffe Borough Council to its headquarters in Keyworth, in a visit to demonstrate the important measures BGS is taking in response to the coronavirus.

BGS... http://www.bgs.ac.uk/news/docs/PR060720_BGSCovid-19ResponseCouncilVisit.pdf

IAEA's Grossi Says Nuclear Power Contributes a Great Deal to Clean Energy Transition

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said nuclear power is playing an important role in the world’s production of clean energy, “contributing massively” to avoiding greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in many countries and providing innovative... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/iaeas-grossi-says-nuclear-power-contributes-a-great-deal-to-clean-energy-transition

COVID-19 and Low Carbon Electricity: Lessons for the Future

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the operation of power systems across the globe and offered a glimpse of a future electricity mix dominated by low carbon sources.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/covid-19-and-low-carbon-electricity-lessons-for-the-future

Baobab Trees Can Help Predict Climate Change

Baobab trees can live longer than 2,500 years.
Watch the video to see how scientists in South Africa use nuclear technology to analyse extracts of a tree’s wood and how this can help forecast future climate change.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/multimedia/videos/baobab-trees-can-help-predict-climate-change

Farming on Poor Soil with Little Rainfall in Kenya's Drought-prone Areas: Isotopes Used to Develop New Strategies

Despite poor soil fertility and water scarcity, thousands of farmers in Kenya have increased their crop yields by 17-20% and saved 20% of their fertilizer costs thanks to climate-smart agricultural techniques.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/farming-on-poor-soil-with-little-rainfall-in-kenyas-drought-prone-areas-isotopes-used-to-develop-new-strategies

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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