Vice Chancellor for Research Seminar Series

Excess Heat and Particle Tracks from Deuterium-loaded Palladium

Event Details

WHEN: May 29, 2009
12:30 - 6:45 pm
WHERE: Wrench Auditorium, Memorial Union

Many research groups have reported excess heat from deuterated palladium using many different experimental techniques. Recently, the Navy's SPAWAR laboratory published experimental results that document the production of nuclear particles, thereby suggesting that nuclear reactions are occurring. However, these observed particle tracks are at levels that are much smaller than would be expected if this excess heat resulted from conventional nuclear fusion. These excess heat reports often vastly exceed that which would likely be produced by chemical reactions or by structural phase transitions in the palladium.

Please join us to closely review these experimental results, to explore hypothetical models for the possible physical origin of these effects, and to propose well-controlled experiments that may be conducted in the future in an attempt to rule out these hypothetical models.

Need more information? Please contact the Office of Research at 573-882-9500 or

Program Schedule


12:30 - 1:00 pm

Welcome, Summary, and Observations

Robert V. Duncan, Ph.D., University of Missouri

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Twenty-Year History of Lattice-Enabled Nuclear Reactions Using Pd/D Co-deposition

Mr. Lawrence Forsley, President, JWK International Corporation
Pamela A. Mosier-Boss, Ph.D., Advanced Systems and Applied Sciences Division of SSC-Pacific
Frank E. Gordon, Ph.D., Head, Research and Applied Sciences Department, US Navy SSC-Pacific

2:30 - 2:45 pm



2:45 - 3:15 pm

An Informed Skeptic's View of Cold Fusion

Edmund K. Storms, Ph.D., KivaLabs, LLC, Santa Fe, NM and Greenwich, CT

3:15 - 3:45 pm

Studies of the Fleischmann-Pons Effect at SRI International

Michael C.H. McKubre, Ph.D., Energy Research Center, SRI International

3:45 - 4:15 pm

Modeling Excess Heat in the Fleischmann-Pons Experiment

Peter L. Hagelstein, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4:15 - 4:45 pm

Theory of Bose-Einstein Condensation Nuclear Fusion

Yeong E. Kim, Ph.D., Purdue University

4:45 - 5:00 pm


5:00 - 5:30 pm

A Review of Transmutation and Clustering in Low Energy Nuclear Reactions

Mark Prelas, Ph.D., Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute, University of Missouri

5:30 - 6:00 pm

Scientific and Other Challenges of Lattice-Enabled Nuclear Reactions

David J. Nagel, Ph.D., The George Washington University

6:00 - 6:30 pm

The Nature and Control of Excess Heat in Electrolytic Cold Fusion Cells

Peter H. Handel, Ph.D., University of Missouri – St. Louis

6:00 - 6:15 pm

Wrap-up and Future Plans

Robert V. Duncan