Michael McKubre working on deuterium gas-based cold fusion cell used by SRI International.
Michael McKubre, PhD, is an electrochemist in the forefront of cold fusion energy development and one of the most respected scientists in the field. McKubre has been the director of the Energy Research Center at SRI International since 1998. He is a native of New Zealand.
From 1989 to 2002, he researched cold fusion at SRI International. Unlike other researchers in the same field, he obtained mainstream funding during all his research: first from the Electric Power Research Institute, then from the Japanese government, and in 2002 he had funding from the U.S. government.
In 2004 he and other cold fusion researchers asked the United States Department of Energy (DOE) to give a new review to the field of cold fusion, and he co-authored a report with all the available experimental and theoretical evidence since the 1989 review.
As of 2010, he was still making experiments with palladium cells at SRI International, and collaborates with the ENEA laboratory, where the most reliable palladium is being produced. McKubre more recently took part as one of the 22 physicists of the Steorn "jury".
In January 1992 a cold fusion cell exploded in an SRI lab. One of McKubre's collaborators was killed and three people including McKubre were wounded. McKubre still has pieces of glass embedded in his side. Subsequent experiments were done behind bulletproof glass.
- Hagelstein, Peter; Michael, McKubre; Nagel, David; Chubb, Talbot; Hekman, Randall (2004). New Physical Effects in Metal Deuterides (PDF). Washington: US Department of Energy. (manuscript) Paper listing the available experimental evidence of cold fusion.
- "Cold Fusion Is Hot Again". 60 Minutes (CBS). 2004-04-29. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
- Weinberger, Sharon (2004-11-21). "Warming Up to Cold Fusion". Washington Post: W22.
For years the experiments took place behind bulletproof glass, the result of a 1992 accident that killed one of his colleagues. McKubre still has bits of glass embedded in his side from the cold fusion experiment that exploded that day in his lab (the blast had nothing to do with fusion; hydrogen mixed with oxygen, creating the equivalent of rocket fuel).
- Brad Wieners (November 1998). "Michael McKubre & Edmund Storms Give Birth To The Cool". Wired (6.11).
- Interview of McKubre and Beaudette, by KUER-FM from University of Utah, audio file, 2002-11-27
- U.S. Department of Energy (2004). Report of the Review of Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (PDF). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Energy. Retrieved 2008-07-19.
- "Chemistry Roundup". Science Friday. 2010-03-26. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
- Sheldon, E. (September–October 2008). "An overview of almost 20 years' research on cold fusion". Contemporary Physics 49 (5): 375–378. Bibcode:2008ConPh..49..375S. doi:10.1080/00107510802465229.
an explosion in January 1992 caused a cold fusion cell at SRI International in Menlo Park to blow up violently while Andrew Riley was bending over it, killing him instantly and wounding three other researchers, including Michael McKubre, who headed SRI’s research team (the incident is described in New Scientist, 11 January 1992, 1803, p. 12ff).