Sergio Focardi, emeritus professor in experimental physics at the University of Bologna, passed away the night between Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd of June, 80 years old, after a long illness.
Focardi was born on July 6, 1932, in Firenze, Italy. He was Dean of the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences from 1980 to 1989 and was chairman for the education i data sciences at Bologna University’s campus in Cesena from 1992 to 2000. For many years he was a leading member of the Italian Physics Society and he was also president for the department of Bologna of the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics.
During the 1990’s Focardi did research on LENR together with physicists Francesco Piantelli and Roberto Habel. The three researchers studied a system of nickel and hydrogen in which they detected an anomalous thermal energy release.
LENR is a general term for effects of anomalous thermal heat production, i.e. an energy release which is orders of magnitude greater than those possible from chemical reactions, although it is not identified as any presently known nuclear reactions such as fission or thermal fusion. Such reactions are also connected with the term cold fusion.
Since 2007 Focardi worked as scientific adviser to Andrea Rossi, inventor of the energy device E-Cat, which is also based on nickel and hydrogen.
As a reporter of Ny Teknik I interviewed Focardi in February 2011. He then motivated a semi public demonstration of the E-Cat:
“When you achieve results it is gratifying to spread the word on them. Moreover, I am 78 years old and cannot wait that long.”
The funeral of Focardi was held on Monday 24th of June in Bologna.
Focardi is survived by his wife, his son and two daughters.