Michael McKubre

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Michael McKubre
Michael McKubre working on deuterium gas-based cold fusion cell used by SRI International.
Born New Zealand
Institutions SRI International

Michael McKubre, PhD, is an electrochemist in the forefront of cold fusion energy development[1] and one of the most respected scientists in the field.[2] McKubre has been the director of the Energy Research Center at SRI International since 1998.[3] He is a native of New Zealand.[2]


From 1989 to 2002, he researched cold fusion at SRI International.[4] 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.[4]

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. The 2004 review concluded that "while significant progress has been made in the sophistication of calorimeters since the review of this subject in 1989, the conclusions reached by the reviewers today are similar to those found in the 1989 review. " [5]

In 2009, he concluded from his attempt to duplicate the "Fleischmann-Pons Effect", that there is "heat production consistent with nuclear but not chemical energy or known lattice storage effect".[6]

As of 2010, he was still making experiments with palladium cells at SRI International,[7] and collaborates with the ENEA laboratory, where the most reliable palladium is being produced.[1] McKubre more recently took part as one of the 22 physicists of the Steorn "jury".

Personal life[edit]

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.[8][3] McKubre still has pieces of glass embedded in his side. Subsequent experiments were done behind bulletproof glass.[2]

Selected publication(s)[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Cold Fusion Is Hot Again". 60 Minutes (CBS). 2004-04-29. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  2. ^ a b c 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). 
  3. ^ a b Brad Wieners (November 1998). "Michael McKubre & Edmund Storms Give Birth To The Cool". Wired (6.11). 
  4. ^ a b Interview of McKubre and Beaudette, by KUER-FM from University of Utah, audio file, 2002-11-27
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ McKubre, M.C.H. (2009). "COLD FUSION, LENR, the Fleischmann-Pons Effect; ONE PERSPECTIVE on the STATE of the SCIENCE". In Vittorio Violante and Francesca Sarto (eds.). 15th Annual Conference on Condensed Matter Nuclear Science. Rome, Italy: ENEA. ISBN 978-88-8286-256-5. 
  7. ^ "Chemistry Roundup". Science Friday. 2010-03-26. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  8. ^ 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).