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NCJ Number: 153151 Find in a Library
Title: Comprehensive Forensic Analyses of Debris From the Fatal Explosion of a Cold Fusion Electrochemical Cell
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:40  Issue:1  Dated:(January 1995)  Pages:18-26
Author(s): P M Grant; R E Whipple; B D Andresen
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 9
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the investigation of an explosion in an electrochemistry laboratory that resulted in the death of a scientist and gained public attention because of its association with experimental work in the controversial field of cold fusion.
Abstract: Selected components of debris from the explosion were subjected to nuclear, chemical, physical, and materials analyses to determine potential causes of, or contributing factors to, the explosion. Results of nuclear studies showed no evidence for signature species indicative of orthodox nuclear events. Inorganic and particulate analyses were also negative with respect to residues of unexpected chemical species. Materials characterization revealed the type of stainless steel used in the manufacture of the electrolytic cell as one relatively high in Mo concentration. The gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analyses of trace organic compounds indicated the presence of an organic oil in the interior of the electrochemical cell. It is possible that oxidation of organic oil contributed to the total energy inventory and initiation of the explosion. 8 figures and 23 references
Main Term(s): Science and Technology
Index Term(s): Explosion investigations; Forensic sciences
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