In the 1950’s, inexpensive aluminum cookware was just being introduced. Most of it was made from aluminum alloys that were brittle, and tended to crack when heated and cooled. This made a product that allowed people to repair their own aluminum pots and pans quite popular.
Samuel Freedman introduced ChemAlloy in the late 1950’s. By the early 1960’s, most local hardware stores carried it. It was, by far, the best product to repair aluminum cookware that was ever sold.
The first US Patent for the formula issued in 1957. Shortly thereafter, Freedman started noticing that the alloy exhibited some fairly unusual properties. One of these properties was that it could produce electricity when immersed in water. While most metals will do this, ChemAlloy was unique in that it produced electricity while remaining chemically inert. Electricity came from the metal, but no oxidation or reduction reactions were taking place.
But the most remarkable discovery was when the metal was ground down to a fine powder. When powdered ChemAlloy was placed in water, it immediately began producing hydrogen and oxygen bubbles. This process continued until all of the water was gone! But like before, the metal itself remained inert and chemically unchanged.
In 1960, a second US Patent issued that up-dated the 1957 patent by adding the information on the alloy’s special properties. By the mid-1960’s, Freedman reported that he had successfully produced electricity from the same sample of ChemAlloy for over seven years. The implications for the inexpensive production of hydrogen are enormous.
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There seems to be no reason why this metal alloy could not be produced again. The formulas in the patents seem rather detailed, and would seem to give a research team a very high likelyhood of success in redeveloping it.