Sergio Focardi, friend and scientific advisor to Andrea Rossi, died on June 22, 2013. Professor Focardi was an acclaimed Italian physicist, emeritus professorat the University of Bologna. He led the Department of Bologna of the (Italian) National Institute for Nuclear Physics and the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences at the University of Bologna. He was a member of the President’s Board of the Italian Physical Society. From 1992 he had been working on cold fusion with nickel-hydrogen reactors. Since 2007, he had been working with Andrea Rossi, who posted the following regarding his friend:
For me he has been a tremendous ally, he helped our work enormously and the safety certifications that we are obtaining are the fruit of his consulting during the last 7 years. For me he has been also a teacher for Physics and Mathematics, anytime I needed his help in these matters to better understand the theory behind the effect of the E-Cat.