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 Partners with Prominent US Research Hospital to Tackle Childhood Cancers in Developing Countries

The IAEA and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are joining forces to combat childhood cancers in developing countries, where children are four times more likely to die of the disease than in high-income countries due to a lack of affordable... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/iaea-partners-with-prominent-us-research-hospital-to-tackle-childhood-cancers-in-developing-countries

IAEA Mission Sees Safety Commitment by France’s Civaux NPP, Encourages Continued Improvement

An IAEA team of experts said the operator of France’s Civaux Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) demonstrated a commitment to safety. The team encouraged the plant to continue its operational safety improvement initiatives.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/iaea-mission-sees-safety-commitment-by-frances-civaux-npp-encourages-continued-improvement

IAEA LEU Bank Becomes Operational with Delivery of Low Enriched Uranium

The IAEA took delivery of a shipment of low enriched uranium (LEU) at a purpose-built facility in Kazakhstan today, officially establishing the IAEA LEU Bank aimed at providing assurance to countries about the availability of nuclear fuel.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/iaea-leu-bank-becomes-operational-with-delivery-of-low-enriched-uranium

World Cancer Leaders’ Summit: IAEA Highlights Key Role of Radiation Medicine in Universal Health Care

The IAEA has highlighted the essential contribution of radiotherapy and nuclear medicine in diagnosing and treating cancer and underlined its ongoing commitment to supporting national efforts to ensure that those in need have access to high... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/world-cancer-leaders-summit-iaea-highlights-key-role-of-radiation-medicine-in-universal-health-care

From Field to Table: Nuclear Techniques Toward Zero Hunger

Today on World Food Day, the IAEA, in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), shares some examples of how nuclear science can help counteract food insecurity and the effects of climate change, while... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/from-field-to-table-nuclear-techniques-toward-zero-hunger

IAEA Board Members Hold New Straw Poll on Director General Candidates

The IAEA Board of Governors today conducted another straw poll on the candidates that have been nominated for the post of Director General, as part of informal consultations related to the appointment process.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/iaea-board-members-hold-new-straw-poll-on-director-general-candidates

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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