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

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony 2020 - Statement by IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi

We commemorate with great sadness the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 75 years ago. The IAEA helps to make it less likely that nuclear weapons will ever be used again by verifying that nuclear materials are not diverted from peaceful...

World Breastfeeding Week: Nuclear Technique Supports More Effective Nutrition Programmes

Research has shown that feeding an infant exclusively with breast milk, no other liquids or solids, during the first six months of their life offers benefits for optimal growth, development and health.

Rock On! BGS geology shop re-opens doors in London after lockdown

It’s good news for geology lovers! The British Geological Survey (BGS) shop at London’s Natural History Museum is re-opening its doors, after the pandemic left it closed since March.

Exploring Research Reactors and Their Use

For over 60 years, research reactors have provided the world with a versatile tool to test materials and advance scientific research, as well as to develop and produce radioactive materials that are key to diagnosing and, in some cases, treating...

Targeting Cancer with Nuclear Techniques

Radiotherapy is becoming so accurate it can kill cancer cells with the precision of a surgical knife.
Watch the video to see how doctors in Mumbai, India, use advanced forms of radiation therapy to treat cancer patients.

Streamlining Storage: IAEA Conducts Training in Radioactive Waste Management in Africa

The appropriate processing, conditioning and storage of disused sealed radioactive sources (DSRSs) is essential to ensure the safety and security of people and the environment.

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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