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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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

Decommissioning Uzbekistan's First Research Reactor

A sandy vacant lot lined by greenery in Tashkent, Uzbekistan may look like it’s ready to welcome a new construction project, but this empty space is the result of the decommissioning of IIN-3M, a retired research reactor.

Scientists report drop in Earth’s movement amid coronavirus lockdown

Seismologists across Europe have been looking at the effects of the Coronavirus lockdown on seismic activity after a study in Brussels reported a drop in ambient seismic noise.

IAEA Steps up Support for Nuclear Facility Operators during COVID-19 Crisis

Nuclear facility operators around the world are taking special measures to protect the health of their workforce to ensure continuous operations during the Covid-19 crisis.

World Health Day 2020: Thanks to Nurses for Supporting IAEA's Mission

World Health Day 2020 celebrates nurses and midwives’ role and dedication at a very particular time, when half of humanity is confined due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Malaysia's Nuclear Agency and Partners Bring Improved Rice Variety to Country’s Farmers

Over the past few months, Malaysia’s nuclear agency, Nuclear Malaysia, has been multiplying seeds of a high-yielding rice variety developed through nuclear techniques.

First Workshop on Supporting and Managing Nuclear Security Upgrades

Upgrading complex systems requires an effective project management framework to plan, organise and manage resources and to ensure the successful completion of project goals and objectives.

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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