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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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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

Phytosanitary Treatments Using Irradiation for Fruit Fly Pests Gain Ground

Before fresh fruits and vegetables trek across oceans and borders along international trade routes and to the aisles of neighbourhood grocers, they may be treated to eliminate, inactivate or sterilize pests.

IAEA Experts Conduct First Virtual Safety Peer Review Mission, See Strengthened Safety in Lithuania

In the first such mission held virtually, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts said Lithuania had strengthened its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety in recent years. The team said there was still room...

Milking the Power of Nuclear Technology to Benefit Women Dairy Farmers in Sri Lanka

When women’s income and decision making power rises, the benefits are manifold, trickling from families to communities and society, from one generation to the next.

Learning to Account for and Control Nuclear Material: IAEA Safeguards Training Moves Online

From 9 - 20 November, the IAEA conducted its first online State System of Accounting for and Control of Nuclear Material (SSAC) training course. Sixteen experts from seven Asian countries joined interactive lessons covering the best practices in...

Under Pressure: Chile Tests its Social Media Response to Simulated Radiological Emergency

It is 9:35 in the morning and the computer screen, previously blank, is now flooded with social media posts.

Irradiation Secures Viet Nam's Fruit Exports

"Irradiated for freshness" written across a juicy mango may raise some eyebrows, but the label has guaranteed Viet Nam exports worth US$20 million a year to the United States.

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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