2nd October 2019

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Why is it not possible to turn lead into gold?

Changing the element requires changing the atomic (proton) number. The number of protons cannot be altered by any chemical means. Because lead is stable, forcing it to release three protons requires a vast input of energy, such that the cost of transmuting it greatly surpasses the value of the resulting gold.

Furthermore, how did alchemists try to make gold?

The supposedly dense, waxy, red material was said to enable the process that has become synonymous with alchemy—chrysopoeia, the metamorphosis, or transmutation, of base metals such as lead into gold.

Can we artificially make gold?

Yes, gold can be created from other elements. But the process requires nuclear reactions, and is so expensive that you currently cannot make money by selling the gold that you create from other elements. All regular matter is made out of atoms. Gold is the chemical element with 79 protons in each atomic nucleus.

Can you make artificial gold?

Gold can currently be manufactured in a nuclear reactor by irradiation either of platinum or mercury. Only the mercury isotope 196Hg, which occurs with a frequency of 0.15% in natural mercury, can be converted to gold by slow neutron capture, and following electron capture, decay into gold's only stable isotope, 197Au.
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