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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


Eskdalemuir Observatory celebrates world status with neighbours

The Eskdalemuir Observatory, a centre for geophysical and meteorological measurement that has been collecting data for over 100 years, has now received special status from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

http://www.bgs.ac.uk/news/docs/EskdalemuirCelebration2019.pdf

Sustainable Development Goals

British Geological Survey activities highlighted by major government report as helping to deliver UN Sustainable Development Goals

http://www.bgs.ac.uk/news/docs/SustainableDevelopmentGoalsEditedJMHJuly2019.pdf

Mosquito Population Successfully Suppressed Through Pilot Study Using Nuclear Technique in China

For the first time, a combination of the nuclear sterile insect technique (SIT) with the incompatible insect technique (IIT) has led to the successful suppression of mosquito populations, a promising step in the control of mosquitoes that carry... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/mosquito-population-successfully-suppressed-through-pilot-study-using-nuclear-technique-in-china

Radiation in Veterinary Medicine

The use of radiation in veterinary medicine is increasing worldwide. The IAEA provides guidance to veterinarians on how to use nuclear techniques safely. 
Special thanks to the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/multimedia/videos/radiation-in-veterinary-medicine

Building Safeguards Into the Design of Spent Fuel Storage Facilities

The IAEA works to enhance the contribution of nuclear technology to peace and prosperity around the world, while verifying that nuclear material is not diverted from peaceful use.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/building-safeguards-into-the-design-of-spent-fuel-storage-facilities

Measuring Radiation

Radiation with enough energy to cause changes at the atomic level is called ionizing radiation. It can damage cells, so it is important to measure its potential health effects – but how? Units measuring ionizing radiation are commonly named after... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/multimedia/videos/measuring-radiation

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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