Beryllium as nuclear fuel

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4Be8 + 0n1 → 3Li7 +2 0n1

Can we use above reaction for the production of neutrons? Is it possible to obtain a sustainable chain reaction when using Be as fuel?
 

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Where does the 8Be come from? It is way too short-living to be the fuel of any reaction.
 
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mfb is right. With a half life of 7*10^-17 s, a neutron would have a hard time finding a Be-8 nucleus before it spontaneously decayed. There also won't be an massive quantities of this material lying around either.
 
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