Recently, some media said that Liu Benliang’s research on cold fusion has made breakthroughs, creating a super battery that can last for 28,000 years on a single charge, and Liu Benliang has also been poached by the United States with a high salary to work at the Institute of Cold Fusion in New York. Annual salary of $120 million. As soon as the news came out, there was an uproar on the Internet.
On August 30, The Paper reporter contacted Liu Benliang himself, who denied the above rumors and said that he currently lives in Haidian District, Beijing. Last year, Liu Benliang resigned from a company relying on Beidou Navigation Technology Co., Ltd. He has no formal job and is still doing his own research on vacuum positive and negative energy separation technology, and his main source of life depends on savings.
The reporter’s interview was interrupted for a while because Liu Benliang said that he would ride a battery car to pick up his son in the middle class of kindergarten.
Liu Benliang was born in Shandong in 1983. He graduated from Shandong University with a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree from the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a doctorate degree in materials science and engineering from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
It is understood that the title of Liu Benliang’s doctoral dissertation is to enhance the optical field strength with precious metals, focusing on the fabrication of precious metal nano-resonance units. He said that he came into contact with the subject of cold nuclear fusion in 2009, and since 2013, he has mainly researched a practical-level vacuum positive and negative energy separation technology.
In 2012, after graduating from a doctoral degree, Liu Benliang once worked for Beidou Navigation Company, focusing on the research of “sensor materials”. Because it was completely irrelevant to the direction he was interested in, he left after a year. In 2018, due to the pressure of survival, Liu Benliang participated in the recording of the job search program “It’s You”.
In this controversial program, Liu Benliang said on stage that the direction he is researching is cold nuclear fusion, and he also said that he is inventing a AA battery that can be used by a family for 10 years. “Doing scientific research by yourself is for the benefit of mankind, not for making money, but the family needs financial support, and the father and wife need to live. 5,000 yuan is enough.” Liu Benliang said.
After self-introduction, many judges expressed their inconceivable low salary and questioned their doctoral status.
A judge asked, “What is EV? What is ph-EV?” Liu Benliang said he did not know. The judge said that this is the most popular concept in the new energy vehicle industry. Liu Benliang replied, “I despise new energy vehicles. I am more than an order of magnitude better than its batteries, which is a difference in civilization.”
Later, another judge asked him, “Can he speak a few words of Cantonese (because he studied in Hong Kong for many years)”, “Which way did you live in Hong Kong when you did your Ph.D.” and so on. Liu Benliang said he could not answer.
Recalling his performance in this episode, Liu Benliang also admitted, “It’s still somewhat bragging.”
Liu Benliang told The Paper (www.thepaper.cn) that after participating in the program, many companies contacted him, including a gas station that claimed to have no shortage of money. Finally, with the help of his old colleagues, he chose to return to his old employer, Beidou Navigation Company, to work in the company’s research institute with a monthly salary of about RMB 10,000.
“I have been working from 2018 to last year, and the research direction is algorithms, and these algorithms can be applied to Beidou technology,” said Liu Benliang, “but this is actually related to the vacuum positive and negative energy separation technology that I have been paying attention to. Most people can’t understand it.” Liu Benliang said that last year, the company cancelled the research institute, and all the staff were transferred to the business department. He didn’t understand the business at all, so he chose to leave again.
“Minke” or “Wizard”?
The reporter learned that regarding the special case of Liu Benliang, there are probably two voices in the currently boiling online public opinion. A voice is still questioning Liu Benliang’s research direction, saying that he has deviated from his professional direction and has become a “civil science” (civil scientist). “Dr. Cold Fusion is about as reliable as Dr. Water to Oil.” A netizen commented.
It is understood that nuclear fusion usually requires a high temperature of more than ten million degrees Celsius. This temperature is so that the nuclei have enough energy to overcome the repulsive force between each other, so as to assemble together and generate more energy.
And cold fusion, that is, nuclear fusion that does not require high temperatures (below 1000 degrees) (muon catalysis can also greatly reduce the fusion temperature, but usually does not belong to this category). It is understood that cold fusion was popular for a period of time in the late 1980s. Chemist Fleischmann said that in the process of electrolyzing heavy water with palladium, he observed an abnormally high energy output, claiming to have achieved cold fusion, but later proved that the experiment is not repeatable. .
However, some people in the industry said that aside from the feasibility of cold nuclear fusion, another theory of Liu Benliang, that “one battery can be used by the whole family for 10 years” does have a basis in physics, that is, Einstein’s mass-energy equation. “If the quality of a AA battery is completely lost, it can indeed release huge energy, but human research and technical means are still too rough. At this stage, the primary means of using atomic energy are only thermonuclear fission and thermonuclear fusion.”
Some netizens said that it has to be said that it is the sadness of the times that high-end talents appear on job-hunting programs. In my country, with the increasing demand for scientific research today, unpopular scientific research jobs have low wages and are not favored by capital, which is really embarrassing.
“Great work always needs some people beyond the history to do. Tesla lost the bursary in the early years and couldn’t even finish college, and entered Edison’s company, but Edison stole the patent, refused to pay the salary, ran away in anger, and later accepted JP The research was completed only with Morgan’s funding,” a netizen said.
In an article published on Zhihu last year, Liu Benliang wrote,
“Many years ago, I used to focus on energy research. Today I have a partial answer to this question. The energy industry has been theoretically killed, and there will be no energy industry in the future. All human knowledge about matter also Buried like tape machines, there will eventually be only one solution to people’s material needs, and that is to make everything from atoms.”
In the interview, Liu Benliang also explained a lot to the reporter about the “vacuum positive and negative energy separation technology” he is currently researching, from theory to algorithm. “The mystery of physics has been concentrated on the essential properties of vacuum. According to quantum field theory, positive and negative energy fluctuates constantly in vacuum. The objective existence of Hawking radiation and Casmir effect shows that it is possible to separate positive and negative energy. The current laboratory can carry out tiny positive and negative energy separation, but it cannot be used as an energy source.” Liu Benliang said.
Therefore, his positive and negative energy separation device is a device that can output energy or can input energy. This is similar to a battery in that it can both be discharged and charged. The battery stores energy in the electrolyte and electrodes, while the positive and negative energy separation device stores energy in space.
According to Liu Benliang’s vision, the device can be a magnetic material device or a miniature solid-state material device similar to a semiconductor. Liu Benliang said that the development of equipment requires a lot of capital, so he hopes to get support from enterprises. “
“I already have the theory, but I still have difficulties in the development of the device,” said Liu Benliang. “What I am good at is imagination.”