The debacle that resulted from the 1989 announcements of Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons at the University of Utah had quite a negative affect on cold fusion and LENR research. Many would say it became career suicide in academia to be a proponent of LENR research.
Dr. George Miley and associates at the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign have bucked this trend. Dr. Magdi Ragheb, Associate Professor of the Department of Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering, has incorporated some LENR discussion into his course, Nuclear Power Engineering 402. In fact, an essay entitled Deuteron Disintegration In Condensed Matter, gives a good overview of some of the competing LENR technologies and theories out there.
We commend this type of exposure and education to our future nuclear engineers and academics. One of these students just might lead the way to developing commercial or useful fusion – LENR technology. Good luck on the midterms!
Andrea Rossi has recently amended his patent application in the U.S. This comes a few months after the US Patent and Trademark Office issued a “non-final rejection” of Andrea Rossi’s patent for the following stated reasons:
“The specification is objected to as inoperable. Specifically there is no evidence in the corpus of nuclear science to substantiate the claim that nickel will spontaneously ionize hydrogen gas and thereafter “absorb” the resulting proton…”
Brillouin has a patent in China and has filed with U.S., EU, Japan and India. India reportedly slapped a secrecy order on their application. Like the U.S., Japan is taking a firm stance and requiring reliable, independent proof.
News of Dr. George Miley’s, Professor Emeritus of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne UIUC, U.S. Patent was reported several days ago, but the news is just starting to reach dedicated LENR followers.
Dr. Miley may have cleverly slipped one past the USPTO which has notoriously denied all previous LENR and Cold Fusion applications. Less is more, might be the key as Miley’s application does not directly reference transmutation, low energy nuclear reactions or quantum fusion, but simply details “nuclear reaction processes.”
Dr. Miley has been experimenting with unique forms of cold fusion cells, designing electrolytic systems that use thin layers of metal as electrodes. More on Miley and his work can be found here.