Nuclear Science:Latin America & Caribbean

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 Purchases Low-Enriched Uranium in Milestone Towards Establishment of IAEA LEU Bank in Kazakhstan

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has signed contracts to purchase low-enriched uranium (LEU), paving the way towards the establishment of the IAEA LEU Bank in 2019.  

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/iaea-purchases-low-enriched-uranium-in-milestone-towards-establishment-of-iaea-leu-bank-in-kazakhstan

Drip Irrigation Saves Water and Improves Crop Yields in Mauritania

Water scarcity, high temperatures and sandy soils have been a problem for farmers, especially women farmers, in Mauritania trying to grow vegetables under harsh conditions to feed their families and sell at local markets.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/drip-irrigation-saves-water-and-improves-crop-yields-in-mauritania

Exploring Space with Nuclear Energy

Some Space missions run for years, or even decades. They need reliable power to run scientific instruments and communications equipment. Nuclear batteries, so-called Radioisotope Power Systems, provide energy for a very long time. Radioisotope... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/multimedia/videos/exploring-space-with-nuclear-energy

Finland Eyes Nuclear Power to Hit Climate Targets

Along the pine-lined shores of Finland's bucolic western coast, a clean energy vision of the Nordic country's future is quietly taking shape.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/finland-eyes-nuclear-power-to-hit-climate-targets

IAEA Mission Says Australia Committed to Strengthening Nuclear and Radiation Safety, Sees Areas for Enhancement

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts said Australia is committed to strengthening its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety. The team also noted areas for further enhancements, including implementation of... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/iaea-mission-says-australia-committed-to-strengthening-nuclear-and-radiation-safety-sees-areas-for-enhancement

Nuclear Science for Sustainable Agriculture: The IAEA-FAO Partnership

Interview with Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General for Climate and Natural Resources at the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO), and a speaker at next week’s IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Science and... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/nuclear-science-for-sustainable-agriculture-the-iaea-fao-partnership

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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