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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


Cotton in Pakistan: How Nuclear Techniques are Helping the Textile Industry

Cotton, linen and silk are textiles associated with fashion and fashion capitals of the world, such as Paris, Milan, London and New York.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/cotton-in-pakistan-how-nuclear-techniques-are-helping-the-textile-industry

Improved Soil and Nutrient Management Practices Increase Rice Yields in Lao PDR

Rice, the main staple crop in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), is key to food security and employment.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/improved-soil-and-nutrient-management-practices-increase-rice-yields-in-lao-pdr

Nuclear Science and Technology for Climate Change Adaptation

The IAEA helps countries to use nuclear science and technologies to monitor and measure the impact of climate change and adapt to its effects. This support is relevant in the context of improving agriculture, water management and the resilience... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/multimedia/videos/nuclear-science-and-technology-for-climate-change-adaptation

Security of Radioactive Sources Enhanced by the Republic of the Congo with Assistance from the IAEA

Two disused radioactive sources, previously employed in cancer treatment, are now in safe and secure storage in the Republic of the Congo, following successful transport and increased security at their temporary storage facility, with the support... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/security-of-radioactive-sources-enhanced-by-the-republic-of-the-congo-with-assistance-from-the-iaea

COVID-19 Pandemic Causes Major Decrease in Heart Disease Tests, IAEA Survey Shows

Procedures to diagnose and treat heart diseases decreased by nearly two-thirds across the world during the early months of the pandemic as countries and patients prioritized the fight against COVID-19, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/covid-19-pandemic-causes-major-decrease-in-heart-disease-tests-iaea-survey-shows

New National Centre to Boost Sri Lanka's Defence against Vector-Borne Diseases

Emerging and re-emerging diseases transmitted by vectors – most commonly, mosquitoes – pose growing threats to the people and livestock of Sri Lanka.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/new-national-centre-to-boost-sri-lankas-defence-against-vector-borne-diseases

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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