Nuclear Research Reactors

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 Conducts Training Course on Protecting Nuclear Facilities from Cyber-Attacks

A mock scenario that included adversaries taking control of a nuclear research institute’s physical protection system and implanting malware at a nuclear power plant, to compromise security and cause sabotage, provided for intense learning this... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/iaea-conducts-training-course-on-protecting-nuclear-facilities-from-cyber-attacks

Nuclear Technique Helps Fight Mosquito-borne Illnesses

The IAEA, FAO, WHO and other international organizations that support the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) are partnering to use the nuclear sterile insect technique in the fight against diseases carried by... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/multimedia/videos/nuclear-technique-helps-fight-mosquito-borne-illnesses

Managing Ageing Research Reactors to Ensure Safe, Effective Operations

As over two thirds of the world’s operating research reactors are now over 30 years old, operators and regulators are focusing on refurbishing and modernizing reactors to ensure they can continue to perform in a safe and efficient manner.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/managing-ageing-research-reactors-to-ensure-safe-effective-operations

Nuclear Techniques Help Reveal High Rate of Soil Erosion in Benin

Harmless traces from nuclear testing more than half a century ago are helping researchers assess soil erosion rates.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/nuclear-techniques-help-reveal-high-rate-of-soil-erosion-in-benin

Acting Director General Highlights IAEA Achievements at United Nations General Assembly

Acting Director General Cornel Feruta addressed the United Nations General Assembly today in New York, where he presented the IAEA report for 2018 and spoke about recent efforts by the Agency to improve the well-being of people worldwide through... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/acting-director-general-highlights-iaea-achievements-at-united-nations-general-assembly

IAEA Acting Director General's Statement to the 74th Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Statement to the Seventy-Fourth Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly by IAEA Acting Director General, Cornel Feruta

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/statements/iaea-acting-director-generals-statement-to-the-74th-regular-session-of-the-united-nations-general-assembly

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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