Following up on Max Temple’s recent article here egarding the possible role that palladium could play in LENR reactions, by rapidly disassociating molecular hydrogen into atomic hydrogen, is an interesting interview from 2011 from Daniele Passarini’s 22passi.blogspot.com website
Here are the relevant quotes:
[Male interviewer] Isn’t that the famous powder mentioned earlier?
Yes, there is the nickel powder, then there’s hydrogen and then there’s this chemical compound. The issue came up during that demonstration because, when some people tried to measure the gamma rays, Rossi objected, because by measuring the gamma rays they would have also measured the gamma rays emitted by this secret compound, and so they would have understood what it was, what was in it.[Male interviewer] What was in the compound…
Yes, and it’s part of the patent. And the purpose of this secret compound is, I believe, to facilitate the formation of atomic hydrogen instead of molecular hydrogen, because hydrogen typically settles down in molecules, but if one has a molecule, it can not penetrate into the nucleus. So I think the additive is used to this purpose: it forms atomic hydrogen, which penetrates into the nucleus.[Male interviewer] It penetrates into the nucleus…This is my interpretation, because Rossi did not tell me, nor have I asked him.Of course, looking at the [gamma] rays one can recognize it (and it will be a chemical compound, not just an element) and find out its components … this perhaps is still not enough … there may be more than two … perhaps in different proportions.
Focardi does not name, or even guess what the compound or elements involved might be. He was always careful to say that he did not ask Rossi about certain confidential information, so we must take these thoughts as his opinion only. I am not sure why he thinks that a compound, rather than a single element. But it certainly sounds like he believes that there is a need to get atomic hydrogen into the nucleus in order for the E-Cat to generate the reactions that he and Rossi reported.