University of Missouri professor, Mark Prelas, has resurrected studies that he conducted in the early 1990s on neutron production in palladium loaded with deuterium. A local newspaper from Columbia, Missouri, reports that thanks to donations from Sidney Kimmel, and the establishment of the Sidney Kimmel Institute for Nuclear Rennaisance at MU, professor Prelas gets a second chance to study something that he had begun to investigate.
Two decades ago, a University of Missouri research team conducted a fusion experiment that emitted a burst of millions of neutrons.But Mark Prelas, now a professor in the Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute, was forced to stop the work when his then-supervisor cut off his funding. By 1991, when Prelas made the observation, Utah researchers Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons’ claims of cold fusion had been dismissed as junk science. Prelas moved on to other things.
With SKINR funding, he’s re-created the experiment this year. Modern-day equipment has allowed for a better counting system, and in one run, his research team saw neutron emissions at similar levels to the 1991 observation.
Prelas — who presented his findings at the 17th International Conference on Cold Fusion in Korea in August — has theories but doesn’t know yet exactly what’s causing the presence of the neutrons. He’s now testing various types of titanium to identify the metallurgical properties in which this neutron production phenomenon occurs.
This research is basic science, focused on understanding more about what is taking place. This is very much needed as part of what is holding back LENR, is an adequate theoretical understanding. Mr. Kimmel’s generosity is doing a lot to aid the scientific objectives of LENR, and I look forward to seeing more results from the group at MU in the coming years.
On Dr. Prelas’ website, the following is noted:
Professor Prelas and his group began work on LENR a few days after the Pons and Fleishman announcement on the possibility of room temperature fusion reactions. The focus of the work was based on gas loading while varying pressures and temperatures as well as ion loading. Several finds resulted. The first was the emission of 8.1 MeV gamma rays in 1989 from an ion loading experiment. The second was the observation of very high neutron emission rates (at a rate greater than 1,000,000 neutron per second over an extended period of time) using a thermal shock method on saturated metal deuterides.
See also: Dr. Prelas’ presentation from ICCF17.