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Research Projects

The three main laboratory sections of ICENS collaborate in multidisciplinary work on the following topics, taking part in the successive stages of field sampling, sample preparation, laboratory analysis, data handling and interpretation and dissemination of information online or as hardcopy publications.

Food Safety and Security

Rice is a widely consumed staple in Jamaica with plain rice and 'rice and peas' ranking in the top ten most commonly consumed starch-bearing foods in Jamaica. For the last 30 years however, large-scale cultivation of rice has been discontinued and the market is supplied entirely by imports.

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Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA) is the flagship analytical method of ICENS.  It is probably the most powerful of elemental analytical techniques, and is an important reference method against which other techniques are frequently compared.


Slowpoke is a tiny nuclear reactor. It was designed by Dr. John Hilborn at the Chalk River Nuclear Laboratory of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), specifically for use in universities, hospitals and research institutions.

Total Reflection X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy

 Main principle
 The main principle of X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (XRF) is based on the fact, that atoms, when irradiated with X-Rays, radiate secondary X-Rays –the Fluorescence radiation.
 On this basis XRF-Analysis is possible because:

  •  The Wavelength and energy of the Fluorescence radiation is specific for each element
  •  The concentration of each element can be calculated using the intensity of the Fluorescence radiation 

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