Brian Ahern, NASA and the First ‘Cold Fusion’ Patent Granted (1993 MIT/Air Force)

The following post has been submitted by Greg Goble
Is Nanofusion another name for LENR? It seems nanoparticles as fuel is integral to Leonardo Corp. LENR energy technology. It is still up-in-the-air as to whether or not fusion takes place in the low energy nuclear reactive environment, yet consider the term nanofusion.
If occasionally the energies released from transmutation events becomes localized into a nano location where two monoatomic isotopes of hydrogen find themselves and fusion between the two occurs, then nanofusion might just be the best descriptive name, rather than cold fusion. (While pondering this it’s good to keep in mind that there are two common fusion reactions in deuterium. One gives off neutrons while the other one doesn’t.) Read this NASA cold fusion experiment with heat-positive results, December 1989, NASA Technical Memorandum 102430, by Gustave Fralick of the NASA 2018 GRC AEC LENR team:
In 2003, a NASA LENR report chose to categorize the work of Brian Ahern as nanofusion instead of LENR. (See pages 44 – 48 ‘Low Energy Nuclear Reaction’. See pages 48 – 50 ‘Nanofusion’.
Inventor Brian Ahern has two LENR patents.
The first one was the first LENR patent granted by the U.S. patent office, way back in 1995. It is assigned to MIT and the U.S. government (Air Force) . It was published in 1993; only a few years after the initial cold fusion flurry of 1989 had settled down. Developed by and granted to MIT and the Air Force in spite of the fact that MIT played a major role in discrediting cold fusion research. (by falsifying data in order to show negative results, see Eugene F. Mallove ‘MIT and Cold Fusion: A Special Report’ in Further Reading)
The second LENR patent of Mr. Ahern claims the first as priority and is an LENR patent that uses nanoparticles. (In my opinion nanofusion is just another name for LENR and should be categorized as such.) As a daughter patent of the prior patent, which the government retains rights to, Mr. Ahern most likely needs to hold a licensing agreement for this LENR technology (permission) from the U.S. government (DOD Air Force) in order to commercialize it.
NASA / CR-2003-212169 “Advanced Energetics for Aeronautical Applications”
David S. Alexander, MSE Technology Applications, Inc., Butte, Montana
3.1.5 Low Energy Nuclear Reactions Induced Deuterium Fusion in Palladium The first-discovered form of solid-state fusion was that achieved by electrochemically splitting heavy water in order to cause the deuterium to absorb into pieces of palladium metal. When this experiment is conducted according to procedures that have resulted from the work of many researchers since 1989, it is reproducible.
3.1.6 Nanofusion Dr. Brian Ahern, whose background is physics and materials science, claims his nanofusion concept will take advantage of the demonstrated fact that nanosize particles (containing approximately 1,000 to 3,000 atoms) have different chemical and physical properties than bulk-size pieces of the same material. One reason Dr. Ahern gives for this is explained as given below.
  1. When a particle of a substance consists of 1,000 to 3,000 atoms in a cluster, there is a higher fraction of surface atoms than for atoms in a bulk piece of the same material.
  2. Military research (suggested by the nuclear physicist Enrico Fermi), which had been classified in 1954, but was later declassified, demonstrated that if a cluster of atoms in the 1,000 to 3,000 size range was given an impulse of energy (e.g., as heat) and if a significant number of these atoms have a nonlinear coupling to the rest (e.g., the coupling of surface atoms to interior atoms), the energy will not be shared uniformly among all the atoms in the cluster but will localize on a very small number of these atoms.
  3. Thus, a few atoms in the cluster will rapidly acquire a vibrational energy far above what they would have if they were in thermal equilibrium with their neighboring atoms.
  4. This “energy localization” explains why clusters in this size range are particularly good catalysts for accelerating chemical reactions.
  5. If the cluster is palladium saturated with deuterium, Dr. Ahern claims the localized energy effect will enable a significant number of the deuterons to undergo a nuclear fusion reaction, thereby releasing a high amount of energy.
The following 2010 LENR patent, assigned to Brian Ahern, claims the priority LENR patent from 1993, which has been granted and is assigned to MIT and the U.S. Air Force.
“Amplification of energetic reactions”
US 20110233061 A1 – Assignee – Brian S. Ahern
Publication date: Sep 29, 2011- Priority date: Mar 29, 2010
Methods and apparatus for energy production through the amplification of energetic reactions. A method includes amplifying an energy release from a dispersion of nanoparticles containing a concentration of hydrogen/deuterium nuclei, the nanoparticles suspended in a dielectric medium in a presence of hydrogen/deuterium gas, wherein an energy input is provided by high voltage pulses between two electrodes embedded in the dispersion of nanoparticles.
Priority patent
1993 Air Force LENR Patent “Method of maximizing anharmonic oscillations in deuterated alloys” US5411654A Filed: Jul. 2, 1993 GRANT issued: Feb. 5, 1995 – Inventors: Brian S. Ahern, Keith H. Johnson, Harry R. Clark Jr. – Assignee: Hydroelectron Ventures Inc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US Air Force – This invention was made with U.S. Government support under contract No. F19628-90-C-0002, awarded by the Air Force. The Government has certain rights in this invention.
Further Reading:
“MIT and Cold Fusion: A Special Report”
Introduction by Dr. Eugene F. Mallove
(MIT Class of 1969, Aero/Astro Engineering, SB 1969, SM 1970)
Editor-in-Chief, Infinite Energy Magazine
President, New Energy Foundation, Inc.
In fact, the story of cold fusion’s reception at MIT is a story of egregious scientific fraud and the coverup of scientific fraud and other misconduct—not by Fleischmann and Pons, as is occasionally alleged—but by researchers who in 1989 aimed to dismiss cold fusion as quickly as possible and who have received hundreds of millions of DOE research dollars since then for their hot fusion research. The cover-up of fraud, sad to say, reaches the highest levels at MIT and includes the current MIT President,Charles M. Vest. Remarkably, President Vest has recently been named by U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham to head the Task Force on the Future of Science  Programs at the Department of Energy. – end quotes
  • Alan DeAngelis
  • greggoble

    Please elucidate me…rumors tantalize. Prefer solid leads.

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    • Max Nozin

      Do you know if he is still doing the research somewhere?

      • Max Nozin

        Last news seems to be from a year ago when he was attempting thermacore replication

        • Bob Greenyer

          Null result

      • greggoble

        Thank you,
        I am looking for new information and appreciate your leads.
        He states that he became interested in LENR in ’95 and does not speak of the works that led to the patent that was filed in 1993… two years earlier. Perhaps his interest in LENR began a few years before ’93.. like 1990 or 1989? Yet he states that when news of ‘cold fusion’ first came out that he wanted nothing to do with it… because it reminded him of his thesis…

        Is there a contradiction here?

        • Max Nozin

          Could be just an evolution of views. BG must know him well since they both are with MFMP

          • magicsnd1

            Brian Ahern is not associated with MFMP, though he has commented on our work. He is an occasional poster on lenr-forum, and probably monitors traffic there if you have a specific question for him. He is not fond of Rossi’s work (to put it politely).


          • Max Nozin

            I am surprised that someone still a fan after Stokholm which to me was more like Rossi’s Stalingrad.

          • Monty

            Well from reading the blog his biggest fan is himself disguised behind very strange names.

          • Bob Greenyer

            We communication from time to time. His last experiment, funded by you know who, was a null. He is always interested in what the MFMP is doing and every time we have spoken, it has been enjoyable.

            He is convinced that magnetism plays a significant role because of his observation of the Manelas device. You can see my interview with him where he goes over his life story, this device, the patent (listen carefully to what he says about that) and more. His key observation with the Manelas device, that the cores got colder when producing electricity, is very important and shows that it is the same family of technology IMPO.

            He is right about magnetism being important.

          • Max Nozin

            According to certain theories light, magnetism, heat are different manifestations of one phenomenon.

          • Axil Axil


            I looked into this magnetic system as per Brian’s request.

            The magnetic system by Floyd Sweet looks like the class of the field.

            I found out that magnetic refrigeration produces the drop in temperature that these magnetic systems produce.

          • Bob Greenyer

            Yes… Keep going

          • greggoble

            I like Bobs’ interview… thanks.


  • Max Nozin

    Where is Brian now? If you consider nanoparticles it can explain why Suhas needs to mill powders for so long.
    Also recent experiment by Kornilova and Visotskiy is using nanoparticles of Titanium to register alpha when target is near cavitation source. They call it thermal waves.

  • Alan DeAngelis

    There is helium but no 24 MeV gamma ray in the palladium-deuterium systems (like F&Ps cell). So, this is what I think is going on:

    The palladium nucleus, Pd of palladium deuteride, PdD2 absorbs its deuterons, D (as an even number of deuterons are involved in the Mitsubishi transmutations) to become cadmium in an excited state, Cd*(that would contain far more energy than the 4-8 MeV needed for it to undergo alpha, He decay via tunneling).

    PdD2 > Cd*

    Cd* > Pd + He


    D2 > He + 24 MeV of kinetic energy NO GAMMA RAY!

  • Bob Greenyer

    What really is ‘New Fire’ Fuel?

    Using powerful new online Parkhomov nuclear reaction database to help explain real empirical data and guide potentially viable experimental choices.

    Dr. Alexander Parkhomov’s net positive nuclide to stable nuclide interactive reaction tables are now available on

    Made possible by the superb donated programming talent of Denis Lamotte, thankyou Denis.

    Blogpost is here:

    • georgehants

      Morning Bob, thanks for update and please thank again Denis etc. for their unselfish, unrewarded (financially) work for society.

      • Bob Greenyer

        He has been a real pleasure to work with, responding quickly to bug reports and feature requests and what he has produced, as you can see from my blog that was developed to test it, is a tool that can be used to understand if claims and empirical data has a energetic basis.

        It is NO coincidence that ECCO fuel had the elements it did in the proportions it did and that it is active both on a strange radiation and practical application basis. As I show, it has the exact things necessary to make it a ‘New Fire’ fuel. Also, the Parkhomov data, made accessible in this way, made it easy to verify multiple claims of Bolotov and give further support to the notion that the Alchemists have been maligned.

        Denis Lamotte has made the code open and I hope that we can get to a point where we can put in the fuel and ash from an experiment and based on natural isotope ratios and statistics work out the full most likely reaction pathways and potential net energy balance.

    • greggoble

      Fantastic… Keep up the good works… Thanks thanks… and many more thanks.

      Have the advances and disclosures made by Rossi helped you?

      Does Rossi commercialization plans hinder you?

      In the ‘general opinion’ of your teams, is Rossi helping to ‘save the world’, or do his actions demonstrate a deep disregard for anything but riches and fame?

      • Bob Greenyer

        Hi Greg,

        Pleasure. So much more to share, just takes so long!

        There have been many facts, that have turned out to be not so or schedules shifted. I have taken the view to not judge Rossi, since there is often very little that is immediately verifiable or that stands the test of time, so best just to observed as needed from the sidelines.

        What I will say I have said before.

        If it had not been for Rossi, the members that formed the MFMP would not have gone to ICCF17.

        If USPTO had not rejected Rossi’s original application, I would not have spent a hard 3 weeks running Piantelli’s theory leading me

        1. to see that the claims and leaks of Rossi’s ash analysis were supported by the science
        2. I would never have had Piantelli reply to that work and say something to the effect “that looks correct to our old way of thinking but now we understand it to be nuclear re-organisation”. I agree now.

        His actions tell me he knows that this is not just about energy. It is a very difficult thing to position.

        • greggoble

          The ‘energy’ to care for that which we ‘love’ requires ‘time’ and ‘money’.

          Money equates to Time Love and Energy. Realized each are limitless.

          I like to think of the massive amounts of money that will be displaced/redirected when the most traded commodity on Earth becomes replaced by LENR energy at a negligible cost. A percentage of the re-directed monies will go to LENR developers.

          The rest of our present day energy dollars will go elsewhere to benefit all.

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