ACS NEW ENERGY TECHNOLOGY SYMPOSIUM
Francis Tanzella, Pamela Boss and Melvin Miles
result of the March 11 tsunami in Japan.
T he fifth New Energy Technology Symposium was held at
the 241st American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting at
the Sheraton Park Resort in Anaheim, California on March
Prof. Peter Hagelstein (MIT) presented “Progress in
Modeling Excess Heat in the Fleischmann-Pons Experiment”
27 and 28. The organizer of the symposium, Dr. Jan Marwan and began by stating that although his donor-acceptor
of Dr. Marwan Chemie, was unable to chair the meeting due model explained the multi-step process necessary for the
to personal reasons. However, the sessions of the symposium energy source in the PdDx system to exchange with the lat-
were co-chaired by Dr. Francis Tanzella of SRI International, tice, the subdivision of this large quantum to many receivers
Dr. Pamela Boss of SSC-Pacific and Dr. Melvin Miles of Dixie suffered from requiring strong coupling and long lifetime
State College. The meeting started with a moment of silence and both cannot be true. After reviewing data from both
in honor of Dr. Scott Chubb, who had passed away on March Karabut (X-rays) and Gozzi (gamma rays), he could manage
25 after a two-year battle with cancer. A sympathy card was a 2-level receiver model. He considers this to be an idealiza-
signed by some of the session participants and sent to Scott’s tion of a more complicated model, which is under develop-
wife and family. ment.
The New Energy Technology Symposium was divided into Prof. Fulvio Frisone (University of Catania) described his
three topic areas. The first topic area was “Theoretical model of microcracks in the cubic lattice while varying tem-
Approach to LENR/Cold Fusion.” Due to cancellations, only perature. These cracks increase the tunneling effect, allowing
five speakers presented during the first session. for anomalous nuclear effects. Frisone concluded that the
Prof. Akito Takahashi (Kobe University, Technova) was the probability of tunneling increases with temperature raised to
first to discuss the phenomenology of Pd/ZrO2 and the fourth power.
Pd/Ni/ZrO2 nanoparticle/gas-loading experiments. In addi- The focus of the second topic area of the symposium was
tion to measurements of temperature and pressure, neutron “Excess Heat/Power Calorimetry and Nuclear Particle
and gamma spectroscopy were performed during these Production.”
experiments. No nuclear results were presented. Rapid over- Dr. Mitchell Swartz (JET Energy Inc.) gave two presenta-
loading, with D(H)/M>>1.0, was seen in the deuterium load- tions on ZrO2(PdNiD) nanostructured materials. These mate-
ing experiments of 2nm Pd nano-particles (provided by rials contain deuterated metallic PdNi core islands electrical-
Ahern), as opposed to similar experiments using 6-10nm ly isolated by a zirconia (ZrO2) dielectric. The D loading is
and 100nm Pd nano-particles, and much faster than that very high (up to ~3) and the material exhibits complex, pos-
seen with hydrogen loading. In addition, the enthalpies of sibly Zener-type, electrical avalanche breakdown behavior.
absorption/adsorption were 2 to 7 times larger than that Several nanostructured ZrO2(PdNiD)-containing LANR
seen for the bulk. The sorption energy was 3 to 30 times devices (NANORs) were constructed and interrogated by
greater than the desorption energy. One sample, PdNi7ZrO2, electric, magnetic and ultrasonic fields using 4-terminal con-
showed a deuterium loading ratio of greater than 3. duction measurements and calorimetry. Swartz reported that
Takahashi also described his model of a MDE mesoscopic NANORs in a LANR transistor configuration, driven by two
catalyst as a core-shell structure consisting of a mono-metal applied electric field intensities, demonstrate LANR heat
particles (with an oxide layer) suspended in a larger ceram- associated with low level near-infrared emission, controlled
ic support particle. In the Ni-rich system the Pd atoms are by two optimal operating point manifolds.
surrounding a cluster of Ni atoms to form a particle sus- Dr. Michael McKubre (SRI International) discussed the dif-
pended in the zirconia matrix. This structure allows better ferent modes of heat production resulting from the
access to the tetrahedral and octahedral adsorption sites in Fleischmann-Pons Effect. Heat mode A applies to bulk Pd.
both the Ni and Pd atoms. Heat occurs when the D/Pd ratio in a cathode is maintained
Olga Dmitriyeva (Coolescence, University of Colorado) above a threshold value for a period of time that is long com-
performed experiments somewhat similar to those presented pared with the deuterium diffusional time-constant. The
by Takahashi but using Pd nano-particles suspended in alu- observed excess power increases approximately linearly with
mina or zeolite particles. She concluded that H-D exchange cathode current density (above a non-zero threshold),
can yield all combinations of molecules containing H, D and approximately parabolically with D/Pd loading above
O, and that the reaction can be exothermic or endothermic. threshold, and is responsive to deuterium flux. The amount
This led to the conclusion that the excess heat seen in her of excess heat is typically 5-50% above the input power. Heat
system was most likely of chemical nature. mode B applies to thin Pd foils and wires. Shorter initiation
Prof. Jirohta Kasagi (Tohoku University) presented “Low (on the time-scale of deuterium diffusion) times are required
Energy 6Li+d Reaction with Liquid Li Target: Screening to stimulate excess heat production. This effect occurs at
Effects Due to Electrons and Ions.” He and Takahashi lower current thresholds, giving rise to sometimes very large
showed photographs of the destruction which occurred as a power and energy gains (thermal output/electrical input).
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However, excess heat may not increase significantly with Ni screen and the other half was Au-coated Ni screen. Earlier
increasing cathodic current. Deuterium flux may be impor- it was shown that no tracks had been observed for Pd/D co-
tant. Heat mode C refers to the continuation of excess power deposition done on a bare Ni screen in the absence of an
after cessation of all external power. external field. However, Pd/D co-deposition done on Ag, Au
Dr. Mel Miles reported on a re-analysis of the MIT heat and Pt wires resulted in tracks in CR-39. Using the compos-
conduction calorimetry that was done in 1990. He conclud- ite cathode in which both sides were exposed to the same
ed that the design of the MIT calorimeter was poor. The chemical environment at the same time, no tracks were
major finding was that the MIT calorimetric cell was so well observed on the bare Ni side of the cathode while tracks were
insulated with glass wool (2.5 cm in thickness) that the seen on the Au-coated side. Forsley then discussed the three
major heat transport pathway was out of the cell top rather methods employed to analyze CR-39 detectors used in the
than from the cell into the constant temperature water bath. SRI replication of the SPAWAR protocol. The first method
It can be shown for the MIT calorimeter that 58% of the heat was microscopic examination followed by automated scan-
transport was through the cell top and 42% was from the cell ning. The microscopic examination showed tracks with opti-
into the water bath. In a second presentation, Miles report- cal properties consistent with that observed for nuclear-gen-
ed on electrochemical co-deposition results for Pd, Ni, Ru erated tracks. The automated scanning of the front and back
and Re in light and heavy water. Earlier he reported that he surfaces showed two populations of tracks consistent with
saw excess heat for the Pd/D2O system but not the Pd/H2O those seen for high energy protons and neutrons. In Russia,
system. To challenge allegations that the observed excess the detectors underwent sequential etching analysis. These
heat was the result of shuttle reactions, he extended his results showed tracks due to 3 MeV protons, 12 and 16 MeV
investigations to include Ni, Ru and Re. For these metals, no alphas and 2.45 MeV neutrons. Zhou of NASA did a LET
excess heat was observed in either heavy or light water. analysis of the scanned data and concluded that the tracks
Takahashi kindly presented the paper of Prof. Akira were due to >10 MeV protons and low to high energy alphas.
Kitamura (Kobe University), reporting on hydrogen gas Rick Cantwell reported on Coolescence’s attempts to repli-
absorption/adsorption characteristics of Pd/ZrO2 and cate the SPAWAR results. They saw similar CR-39 pits using
Pd/Ni/ZrO2 nanopowders. Time-resolved measurements of both in situ CR-39 and Mylar-protected CR-39. However, CR-
Pd/ZrO2 reveal the existence of sub-phases, 1a and 1b, and 39 protected by a combination of Mylar and a small air gap
very large differential heat of hydrogen uptake, η∼1.3(1.2) did not show any pits. They concluded that this damage,
eV/D(H), for the 1a-phase. The Pd/Ni/ZrO2 sample, received together with the absence of pits when a small air gap is
from Brian Ahern of Vibronics Inc., gave anomalously large added to the Mylar protection, was the result of chemical
D(H)/M ratios exceeding 3.0 and the averaged value of reactions.
η∼0.61(0.55) eV/D(H). The Pd/ZrO2 and Ahern supplied Matthias Grabiak (Quantum Rabbit LLC) did carbon arc
Pd/Ni/ZrO2 samples gave ηD sometimes exceeding ηH sever- experiments. ICP-MS analysis showed the presence of Si, Mg,
al times in some time intervals, which might be of nuclear Fe, Cu and Al.
origin. The final topic area of the symposium was “New Energy
Nuclear particle and transmutation results in the second Perspectives,” which involved two papers directly related to
topic area were presented later in the day. LENR (cold fusion) and four papers on other energy con-
Prof. Richard Oriani (University of Minnesota) gave an cepts, such as the Open Gate Phenomena, Van der Waals
overview of the experiments he has conducted using CR-39 force manipulation, magneto acoustic resonance and quan-
detectors. He has been carrying out electrolysis in a U- tum field energy.
shaped cell that separates the anodic and cathodic reactions. The Open Gate Phenomena presented by Susan Taft dis-
These experiments showed that nuclear particles can devel- cussed negative binding energy shifts for small particle (1 to
op not only in the cathode compartment where hydrogen is 10µ) of rhodium (Rh) and other Group (VIII) metals on tita-
evolved but also in the anode compartment where only oxy- nium oxide (TiO2). The Open Gate Phenomena is a solid-
gen is produced. His control experiments showed that the state effect that results in significant and sustained electron
observed tracks were not due to chemical attack, impinge- transfer from a n-type semiconductor to Schottky metal par-
ment of gas bubbles or electrostatic charge. Sequential etch- ticles that are grown from the semiconductor itself. The
ing of the detectors revealed the presence of tracks deeper metal particle acquires a negative charge in the process. This
inside the plastic. mechanism may provide cathodic protection of the metal
Dr. Pamela Boss and Larry Forsley (JWK International) and increased tolerance against poisoning of electrocatalysts
reported on CR-39 results obtained using the Pd/D co-depo- and sensors and perhaps even a new way to generate elec-
sition process. Earlier Boss had reported observing triple tricity. PowerPoint slides related to this presentation are avail-
tracks in CR-39 detectors. These triple tracks are diagnostic able at http://www.theopengate.net/acs_presentation.pdf.
of the carbon shattering reaction. In her presentation, Boss Dr. Fabrizio Pinto’s (Interstellar Technologies) presenta-
compared optical and SEM imaging of DT neutron and Pd/D tion was titled “Van der Waals Force Manipulation in
co-deposition generated triple tracks. The results showed the Semiconducting Nanocavities as a Novel Approach to
two imaging techniques were complimentary. Both imaging Efficient Multi-source Energy Harvesting.” This concept
techniques showed that the DT neutron and co-deposition involves the Casimir force and the concept of zero-point
triple tracks were indistinguishable. In his presentation, energy. Pinto was born and raised in Rome, Italy but has
Forsley summarized the earlier CR-39 results obtained using worked extensively in the U.S. and is known for quantum
the Pd/D co-deposition protocol. He discussed the control vacuum engineering.
experiments and showed the results of co-deposition done Dr. Thorsten Ludwig (German Association for Space
on a composite cathode in which half the cathode was bare Energy) presented two papers. The first was titled
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“Experimental Investigation of a New Energy Technology the deuterium nucleus can have an extremely high critical
Using Magneto Acoustic Resonance and Magnetic Force temperature (Tc). Sonofusion experiments at 20 MHz pro-
Microscopy.” This discussion involved the 1920s work of duced up to 38 watts of excess power with an input of 2 to
Hans Coler using six magnets with coils arranged in a hexag- 16 watts of acoustic power. Helium-4 injected into the circu-
onal shape that reportedly produced electrical energy with- lating D2O was also measured.
out a power source. This was tested at the University of In all, the sessions were quite useful and well attended (up
Berlin in 1926, but documents about these tests were to 40 persons in each session). Everybody present looks for-
destroyed during the war in 1943 by British fire bombs. The ward to the next New Energy Technology Symposium in
normal Atomic Force Microscope (ATM) was converted to a 2012.
Magnetic Force Microscope (MFM) by using a chromium-
cobalt coating on the tip of the probe and was used to inves-
tigate iron samples.
Ludwig’s second related paper was titled “Using Quantum
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disintegrate (“explode”). This calorimetry gives an accuracy ter. By redesigning the models of the proton, neutron
and electron, and developing a nuclear binding mecha-
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nism similar to covalent bonds in atoms, the book sys-
been measured. Excess energy in every experiment was tematically develops models for more than 250 stable
observed when palladium was co-deposited onto the thin nuclei. It then uses the models to explain alpha and beta
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