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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


IAEA Launches Project to Help Countries Fight Food Fraud

The IAEA has launched a five-year research project with experts from 16 countries to refine methods to apply nuclear-derived techniques to test for accuracy in food labels. 

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/iaea-launches-project-to-help-countries-fight-food-fraud

Using Nuclear Science to Better Understand Drought

In 2018, Cape Town was close to becoming the first major city in the world to run out of water. South African experts are using isotopic techniques to understand water resources and try to avoid another drought.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/multimedia/videos/using-nuclear-science-to-better-understand-drought

IAEA Safety Mission Sees Significant Progress at France’s Golfech Nuclear Power Plant, Encourages Continued Improvement

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts said the operator of Golfech Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in France had strengthened operational safety by addressing the findings of an initial IAEA review in 2016. The team also... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/iaea-safety-mission-sees-significant-progress-at-frances-golfech-nuclear-power-plant-encourages-continued-improvement

Director General Amano Commends Latin American Countries for Peaceful Use of Nuclear Technology

Latin America has made significant progress in using nuclear techniques for development over the last 35 years, and the Regional Cooperation Agreement for the Promotion of Nuclear Science and Technology in Latin America and the Caribbean (ARCAL)... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/director-general-amano-commends-latin-american-countries-for-peaceful-use-of-nuclear-technology

IAEA and Cuba Reaffirm Commitment to Strengthened Technical Cooperation

South-South cooperation, support in health care and the control of insect pests were the main topics of discussion during IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano’s visit to Cuba today.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/iaea-and-cuba-reaffirm-commitment-to-strengthened-technical-cooperation

Understanding the World's Water Resources: IAEA International Symposium on Isotope Hydrology to Start Next Week

Water is a precious resource upon which life on earth depends. It is important to know how much of it there is, where it is found and how long supplies will last.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/understanding-the-worlds-water-resources-iaea-international-symposium-on-isotope-hydrology-to-start-next-week

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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