Dr. Graham Hubler Appointed Director of the U. of Missouri's Sidney Kimmel Institute for Nuclear Renaissance

Thanks to Gerrit for pointing this important appointment out. I think this press release from the University of Missouri deserves a thread of its own. Graham Hubler seems like a top-notch scientist with an impressive set of qualifications, experience and awards.

COLUMBIA, Mo. ­— University of Missouri Vice Chancellor for Research Rob Duncan has announced that Graham K. Hubler, a nuclear physicist who worked for the Naval Research Laboratory for 40 years, has been named director of the Sidney Kimmel Institute for Nuclear Renaissance (SKINR) at MU.

“We were remarkably fortunate to attract Dr. Hubler here to MU,” Duncan said. “He’s very well-versed in nuclear and solid state physics and has a long history in highly responsible positions. I know him as a brilliant and very open-minded scientist, making him well-suited to study yet unknown phenomena, which is the underlying charge of SKINR.

Hubler holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., and a doctorate in nuclear physics from Rutgers University. After graduating from Rutgers, Hubler took a research position with the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and never left the organization until he retired in 2012 as the head of the Materials & Sensors Branch.

At the NRL, 70 scientists reported to Hubler. Those scientists were involved in experiments on superconductors, bioelectronics, radar absorbing materials, remote surveillance, ion-solid interactions and low-energy anomalies. Hubler also has had a prolific scientific career himself, writing 100 journal articles, editing four books and procuring 6 patents (with 8 additional patents pending).

At SKINR, Hubler will be responsible for leading a team of scientists that are investigating alternative forms of energy, including “anomalous heat effects” generated by, as yet, unexplained phenomena. These unexplained heat effects have been called “cold fusion” in the past, but scientists that have witnessed the heat generation have had difficulty replicating the experiments and have many questions about the process.

“One goal of ours is to understand what this heat effect is and how it is created,” Hubler said. “We want to improve scientists’ abilities to reproduce these experiments and understand the mechanisms behind the successful generation of this energy. I believe that SKINR and MU are well-equiped to approach these scientific questions from many different directions. They have a lot of the tools, such as MU’s Research Reactor and the microelectronics fabrication facility, that are necessary to push this research forward and find the answers. Our primary directive is to perform sound materials science experiements with no preconceptions as to the mechanism(s) responsible for this fascinating effect.”

SKINR was created from a donation by the Sidney Kimmel Foundation. Kimmel is the founder and chairman of The Jones Group, a leading designer and marketer of branded apparel and footwear. SKINR was created to encourage collaboration from scientists in several disciplines, including physics, the MU Research Reactor, engineering, material science and chemistry. The scientists involved in the institute will study the fundamental physics of certain energy-producing reactions of an unknown origin in their quest for alternative forms of energy.

“Funding is the No. 1 problem in this area, and we’re very grateful to Sidney Kimmel for his help,” Hubler said. “I’m very interested in this field, and this is an opportunity to help move this along and have some impact in this area. I think we have some good ideas, but it will require a great deal of effort.”

Hubler is a member of the American Physical Society and the Materials Research Society. Based on his work, he has been recognized with several awards, including the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award, the NRL 75th Anniversary Technology Transfer Award, and the Veneto Research Consortium Award for career scientific contributions.

Source: University of Missouri — http://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2013/0308-hubler-named-director-of-nuclear-renaissance-institute-at-mu/

  • Andre Blum

    Good, good, good!

    it seems Mr Hubler is ‘of some age’. I hope within the organization he will be able to get a nice mix of both people from the post-F&P era and some angry young (wo)men from a fresher period.

    • Codger

      You can’t learn old tricks from a new dog.

    • Iggy Dalrymple

      Hubler seems primarily an experienced administrator but I expect he knows much more about NRL’s history with LENR than he’s free to talk about.

  • lcd

    Good stuff. Wonder how much of an impact Rossi indirectly had on the creation of the institute

  • Gerrit

    ALERT

    The voting for a photovoltaics project is picking up speed. It gained 10 voted in the last 20 minutes and currently is at 165, 167, 169 as I am writing this post.

    http://futureenergy.ultralightstartups.com/campaigns/browse

    Please consider voting for Miley:
    http://futureenergy.ultralightstartups.com/campaign/detail/861

    It doesn’t matter if you are a US citizen or not. This is all about having a large crowd willing to vote for you.

    • Joel C.

      What the heck is UPower? It’s in the list.

      The summary of this product:

      UPower is developing an always on, transportable, carbon-free, solid-state nuclear generator for remote and distributed generation where energy is expensive, and power is needed 24/7.

      A solid-state nuclear generator?

  • vbasic

    Excellent choice. This is definitely someone who had inside knowledge of the technology and people who were involved at Naval Research and LENR. Look at this partial list. George Miley, Robert Godes of Brillioun, Mark LeClair of Nanospire, Randall Mills of Blacklight Power and of course, Andrea Rossi himself.

  • GreenWin

    Climbing into the WayWayBack machine, and traveling to 1991 – we find Dr. Hubler co-authored a fascinating study of deuterium charged Ti thin films – finding inexplicable energetic particles, “7 orders of magnitude larger than that measured by [Steve] Jones et al.”

    Evidence for MeV Particle Emission From Ti Charged with Low Energy Deuterium Ions

    “In this paper, evidence is presented for the generation of sustained high energy nuclear reactions produced as a result of low energy ion beam charging of titanium with deuterium at a surprising rate of – 10-16 events/deuteron pair/s. This rate corresponds to a cross-section at least 26 orders of magnitude higher than the cross sections for conventional nuclear fusion [7] at the incident ion energies (350 eV) used in this experiment and higher than that postulated by Jones et al. for planetary fusion reactions by 7 orders-of magnitude.”
    http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA243718

    The paper concludes with this unusual statement:

    “According to the laws of conventional nuclear physics, nuclear reactions cannot occur at such large rates for sub-keV energy deuteron bombardment; yet we are unable to uncover a plausible artifact that could have produced the observed signals. As such, we believe that the data is very provocative and that the effect warrants investigation by other researchers.”

    Thanks to our friends at DTIC. 🙂

    • georgehants

      GreenWin, 1991, do we know if any scientists picked up on such an interesting and important report and carried it forward.
      What is the latest position on this phenomenon.

      • Greenwin

        George, the closest I can find is an experiment done by the China Inst. Atomic Energy (Jiang et al, 2008, presented at ICCF14) on gas loaded Ti, which showed positive results but not on the order of the low energy ion beam method used by Dr. Hubler at NRL. It is reasonable to assume Hubler’s paper was not published outside NRL in 1991.

        The Chinese paper concludes:

        “This work provides a positive result of nuclear fusion at low temperature. Besides the d-d reaction, other types of nuclear fusion reactions might also be involved. This work may be helpful to the further study of the physical mechanism of nuclear reaction in the deuterium (hydrogen)-loaded metals. The present work also suggests that it is worth doing further investigation on the origin of 3He nuclear reactions in the deep Earth.”

        • georgehants

          Greenwin, that seems to indicate that a couple of dollars from the Hot Fusion fraternity may have been well spent pursuing the anomaly.
          But who are we to judge against the highly qualified scientific establishment.

          • Greenwin

            Unfortunately, the fraternity you allude to narrowly guard their pork barrel dollars/euros/pounds. The notion of sharing their private hoard of public funds with “ruffian heretics” – would cause mass depression and angina.

      • yamal

        ‘do we know if any scientists picked up on such an interesting and important report’

        what we do know is that hubler himself never bothered to follow up on his ‘important report’ in 22 years.

  • georgehants

    An Alternative Energy Future
    Tue, 03/12/2013 – 2:09pm
    Stanford University
    http://www.pddnet.com/news/2013/03/alternative-energy-future

    • GreenWin

      4,020 onshore 5-megawatt wind turbines
      12,770 offshore 5-megawatt wind turbines
      387 100-megawatt concentrated solar plants
      828 50-megawatt photovoltaic power plants

      That’s a lot of offshore turbines – potentially disturbing sea birds and underwater animals.

  • georgehants

    Apologies to those people that cannot see that these reports are highlighting the reasons why science is unable to do it’s job regarding Cold Fusion and many other important scientific subjects.
    It is not sufficient to just say why is Cold Fusion being ignored, we all need to do our share to put right such a horrendous situation that is costing many lives Worldwide.
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    “Chemogenomics Approaches to Rationalizing the Mode-of-Action of Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicines”
    Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
    Scientists are reporting an advance toward overcoming a major barrier to tapping the potential of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and India’s Ayurvedic medicine in developing new and more effective modern drugs. Their report appears in ACS’ Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling.
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  • Is it just me or has not E-catworld recently become much more interesting with an explosion of interesting links?

    I believe We are heading towards a brighter future.

  • georgehants
  • Karl

    Great post Frank

    I guess the numbers of researchers and developers devoting their energy and skills in the Leonardo venture and other Cold fusion project should reach far beyond hundreds of researchers and developers now.

    The focused activity on this blog and the few other sites is important to support and encourage the realisation of CF/LENR. The example of the 300 votes to help George Miley’s project to get a second chance to attract funds and highlights on the needs to support other projects like Martin Fleischmann Memorial project with seed funds.

    Assume now we have reached far beyond 1000 persons with a reasonable understanding of the implications that encourage various CF/LENR projects world-wide.

    Let’s also assume the sum of “1000 minds” highly devoted and focused influence effect from the side-line is raised with the “SQUARE” – equals the power of 1 000 000 humans working for the realisation of CF/LENR.

    There is certainly also a proven mass market verified by the hundreds of thousands of us that already pre-ordered an Home E-Cat according to earlier statements by Rossi. Imagine the impact of a proofed beyond any doubt, either open demo of a commercial 1 MWatt industrial low temp E-Cat and or a positive published independent test of the Hot E-Cat. No wonder why the guys that are working with the independent test report of the hot cat take their time.

    This and the few additional site with an honest and focused agenda vis-à-vis CF/LENR is very important as the number of contributors considering power of the influence is much greater than the sum of people working on the realisation of CF/LENR or virtually free energy in a longer perspective.