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Transmutation of hydrogen into biochemical elements?

  1. Oct 29, 2007 #1
    What research steps must be taken before we are able to convert hydrogen into carbon, oxygen, potassium, and so on? My quick estimate is that we may be able to do this with a particle accelerator and bombard hydrogen with neutrons and protons, with some massive amount of energy loss in the process.

    Any thoughts, links, references, or people to contact would be helpful.

    - Bryan
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  3. Oct 30, 2007 #2
    I think you answered your own question. Varying the number of protons contained in the atoms nucleus will change it into another element. Doing the same with neutrons will change the isotopic nature of that element.

    Hydrogen to Carbon?
    Some form of accelerating the protons/neutrons to achieve energy levels high enough to become a part of target atom nucleus is required.
  4. Oct 30, 2007 #3
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