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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 to Ship Vital Testing Equipment to Countries in the Fight against COVID-19

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is dispatching a first batch of equipment to more than 40 countries to enable them to use a nuclear-derived technique to rapidly detect the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/iaea-to-ship-vital-testing-equipment-to-countries-in-the-fight-against-covid-19

New Safety Guide on Safety of Radiation Sources Used for Inspection and Non-Medical Human Imaging: Now Available

Non-medical human imaging is the use of radiation to screen people for purposes other than medical diagnosis, medical treatment or biomedical research. Ensuring its safe use is the focus of the recently issued IAEA Safety Guide on this subject.... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/new-safety-guide-on-safety-of-radiation-sources-used-for-inspection-and-non-medical-human-imaging-now-available

Preparing to Assist in a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency Under all Circumstances

You cannot be “too prepared” for a nuclear or radiological emergency. That is why emergency exercise scenarios should include challenging, high risk, low probability events.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/preparing-to-assist-in-a-nuclear-or-radiological-emergency-under-all-circumstances

How is the COVID-19 Virus Detected using Real Time RT-PCR?

What is real time RT-PCR? How does it work with the coronavirus?  And what does it have to do with nuclear technology? Here’s a handy overview of the technique, how it works and a few refresher details on viruses and genetics.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/how-is-the-covid-19-virus-detected-using-real-time-rt-pcr

Stuck in Self Isolation? Here are Hundreds of IAEA Online Courses for Free

No downtime: more than 1 billion people are in lockdown in 50 countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and if you are one of them, you may want to consider the IAEA’s offering of online courses on nuclear related subjects, from basic to advanced... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/stuck-in-self-isolation-here-are-hundreds-of-iaea-online-courses-for-free

The Clean Energy Transition

How can we combat climate change while ensuring sustainable economic development?

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/multimedia/videos/the-clean-energy-transition

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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