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


BGS and Heriot-Watt scientists join £20million programme to tackle threats to world oceans

BGS and Heriot-Watt scientists join £20million programme to tackle threats to world oceans

http://www.bgs.ac.uk/news/docs/OneOceanHub.pdf

Ensuring the Safe Use of Advanced Radiotherapy in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Early and honest reporting on incidents and near misses is key to improving safety in radiotherapy. This is one of the messages participants took home this week from a workshop on risk assessment in advanced radiotherapy techniques organized by... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/ensuring-the-safe-use-of-advanced-radiotherapy-in-eastern-europe-and-central-asia

BGS CEO bids farewell to Survey after 13 years

Professor John Ludden today announced that after 13 years at the British Geological Survey (BGS) he will be leaving this coming September.

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The IAEA and Climate Change: Adaptation, Monitoring and Mitigation

Climate change is one of the biggest environmental challenges affecting humanity today, causing a dangerous rise in sea levels and disturbances to the water cycle and leading to more frequent extreme weather events.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/the-iaea-and-climate-change-adaptation-monitoring-and-mitigation

Nuclear Research Reactors

Nuclear research reactors generate neutrons used to produce radioactive substances for medical and scientific uses and to check the composition of materials.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/multimedia/videos/nuclear-research-reactors

Philippines: Radiation-Processed Seaweed Increases Typhoon Resistance of Rice

Researchers in the Philippines have found that an extract of seaweed, when processed with radiation, can make plants more resistant to typhoons and boost rice production by 20–30%.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/philippines-radiation-processed-seaweed-increases-typhoon-resistance-of-rice

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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