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Rare Elements Exhausted, Lets Make Them!

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I told a friend of mine, who is a chemist working with catalysts to produce new compounds, about the rare earth elements being exhausted by 2017. (See previous article) She asked me what the problem would be in creating new elements from other elements. She’s teaching me a lot about Chemistry, so I thought I’d look up her idea and examine it.

The process of changing one element into another is Transmutation, which comes from alchemy. It is actually possible, which we know from Nuclear Transmutation or Nucleosynthesis. From what I understand this is easier with radioactive elements, although you can correct me if I’m wrong.
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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 12, 2008 at 2:22 pm

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