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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


Hunting for Viruses in Sierra Leone with the Help of Nuclear Technology

After suffering from a devastating Ebola outbreak in 2014, veterinary scientists in Sierra Leone are training their peers from around Africa to catch, sample and diagnose — using nuclear-derived techniques — potentially virus-transmitting bats.... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/multimedia/videos/hunting-for-viruses-in-sierra-leone-with-the-help-of-nuclear-technology

Vietnamese Authorities Control Spread of African Swine Fever with the Use of Nuclear-derived Techniques

The pork industry in Viet Nam has escaped the recent wave of African Swine Fever (ASF) and other animal diseases hitting Southeast Asia thanks to quick action by researchers at the National Centre for Veterinary Diagnosis (NCVD).

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/vietnamese-authorities-control-spread-of-african-swine-fever-with-the-use-of-nuclear-derived-techniques

IAEA Supports a Revival of Cuba’s Food Irradiation Services

Cuba’s fruit exports are set to increase with the reinstatement of former food irradiation capacities on the island.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/iaea-supports-a-revival-of-cubas-food-irradiation-services

Robotics Challenge Winning Design Helps Speed up Spent Fuel Verification

An unmanned surface vehicle (USV), designed by a group of Hungarian engineers, is the winner of the IAEA Robotics Challenge, launched in 2017.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/robotics-challenge-winning-design-helps-speed-up-spent-fuel-verification

New research identifies the role of the Indian Summer Monsoon on global climate change

A study led by researchers at The Open University (OU) with contributions from the British Geological Survey (BGS) has revealed new insights to help understand the historical importance of the Indian Summer Monsoon. Newly generated records of the... http://www.bgs.ac.uk/news/docs/MonsoonResearchDraftRelease_MJL_SENcommentsMJLRevisionMar2019.pdf

IAEA Concludes Long Term Operational Safety Review at Mexico's Laguna Verde Nuclear Power Plant

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts today completed a review of long term operational safety at the Laguna Verde Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Mexico.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/iaea-concludes-long-term-operational-safety-review-at-mexicos-laguna-verde-nuclear-power-plant

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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