Peter Gluck on his Ego Out website reported yesterday that Polish-American electrochemist Stanislaw Szpak, who worked at the US Navy’s SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific agency, has died at the age of 96. Szpak was a longtime researcher in the field of LENR/cold fusion, having become interested in the field following the Pons and Fleischmann announcement in 1989.
Szpak was credited as being largely responsible for the idea of using a palladium-deuterium co-deposition technique in LENR experiments, which apparently helped with reproducibilty of LENR effect. The recently released paper from the US Defense Threat Agency, “Investigation of Nano-Nuclear Reactions in Condensed Matter” by Mosier-Boss, Forsley and McDaniel states:
The lead scientist in those torpedo propulsion efforts, Stanislaw Szpak, was aware of the Fleischmann–Pons experiment prior to the press conference and knew about the long incubation times needed to fully load bulk Pd with D. To reduce the incubation time, he developed the Pd/D co-deposition process as a means to initiate low energy nuclear reactions (LENR) inside the Pd lattice. In this process, working and counter electrodes are immersed in a solution of palladium chloride and lithium chloride in deuterated water (p. 1).
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“The Pd/D co-deposition process has been shown to provide a reproducible means of manufacturing Pd-D nano-alloys that induce low energy nuclear reactions (LENRs). Cyclic voltammetry (2,3) and galvanostatic pulsing (4) experiments indicate that, by using the co-deposition technique, a high degree of deuterium loading (with an atomic ratio D/Pd>1) is obtained within seconds.
Below is an interview with Stan Szpak by Ruby Carat conducted in January 2015, where he discusses his work.
A biographical sketch of Szpak has been written on the New Energy Times website here: http://news.newenergytimes.net/2016/10/13/u-s-navy-lenr-researcher-stanislaw-szpak-dies/