LENR and Alchemy

Alchemy is a form of chemistry and speculative philosophy practiced in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and concerned principally with discovering methods for transmuting baser metals into gold. The word “alchemy” calls up the picture of a medieval laboratory in which a wizard broods over the crucible that is to bring within his reach the Philosopher’s Stone, and with that discovery the formula for the transmutation of metals.

That is why I was surprised to read Mitsubishi ( a Japanese multinational conglomerate comprising a range of autonomous businesses which share the Mitsubishi brand, trademark and legacy) hopes to go beyond just low energy nuclear reactions to low energy nuclear transmutations.

“These transmutations will be an energy source that will be portable, will produce rare earth materials, and will have the capacity to transmutate radioactive waste. They’ve changed the acronym from LENR to LENT. And, unlike competitors such as Rossi and Defkalion, they plan on using resources other than palladium, platinum and nickel.” ( http://cleantechauthority.com/defkalion-announces-lenr-date-mitsubishi-enters-lenr-market/ )

Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) using nickel and hydrogen is a clean, very very cheap, and super abundant energy technology, but can it also be used for transmutation? Nuclear transmutation is the conversion of one chemical element into another.

“Artificial transmutation may occur in machinery that has enough energy to cause changes in the nuclear structure of the elements. Machines that can cause artificial transmutation include particle accelerators and tokamak reactors. Conventional fission power reactors also cause artificial transmutation, not from the power of the machine, but by exposing elements to neutrons produced by a fission from an artificially produced nuclear chain reaction. Artificial nuclear transmutation has been considered as a possible mechanism for reducing the volume and hazard of radioactive waste.” ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_transmutation )

In February 2011 scientists were given access to a sample of pure nickel powder which had been used in a LENR reactor for 2.5 months. Their analysis showed that the powder contained several other substances, mainly 10 percent copper and 11 percent iron. ( http://www.nyteknik.se/nyheter/energi_miljo/energi/article3144827.ece )

According to Robert Godes LENR is not a nickel-hydrogen fusion reaction. Nickel is merely a catalyst, and it is the hydrogen that yields heat.

““A tiny amount of hydrogen protons are converted into neutrons. These newly produced neutrons are soon captured by hydrogen ions or other atoms in a metallic (e.g. nickel) lattice near to where the hydrogen ions were converted to neutrons. The captured neutrons generate heat because the new atoms that are one neutron heavier shed excess binding energy as heat to the lattice, resulting in a dramatically clean, low-cost, hi-quality heat output.”

…Evidence suggests this reaction involves the synthesis of neutrons, which accumulate on hydrogen dissolved in a matrix (lattice), which progresses to deuterium, then tritium and on to quadrium that decays to helium.” ( http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/New-LENR-Machine-is-the-Best-Yet.html )

To summarize, it is a fact that conventional fission power reactors cause artificial transmutation by exposing elements to neutrons. Furthermore, according to Godes, the LENR Ni-H reaction occurs when hydrogen protons are converted into neutrons and captured by hydrogen ions or other atoms in the nickel lattice. Finally, evidence for LENR transmutation is the sample of nickel powder used in a LENR reactor for several months which showed several other substances, including copper and iron.

Can Mitsubishi discover the formula for the practical transmutation of metals, fulfilling the dream of mankind since the Middle Ages? We already strongly suspect that LENR transmutes nickel into copper and iron, so alchemy suddenly doesn’t seem so speculative anymore.

10 Replies to “LENR and Alchemy”

  1. Science in it’s arrogant destructive ways likes to put many of our ancestors that don’t fall into the reductionist, materialist Dogma as primitive and backward.
    The Alchemist was the true research scientist working at the pinnacle of known knowledge and are to be admired for their many insights and discoveries.
    Every textbook for students hides the fact that Newton and many other famous names of the period spent more time on alchemy than math, optics and gravity.
    Today these same deniers and closed-minds that abuse our ancestors attack other proven scientific anomalies such as The Placebo Effect, Telepathy, Remote Viewing, The Near Death Experience, DNA Water Memory and anything that does not fit their restricted and limited outlook.
    Time for science to Wake-up and start to follow evidence and not establishment religious DOGMA and Denial.
    Cold Fusion is a good example of what lies beneath the concrete barrier erected by these sad people.

  2. Good joke Dongian! You had me going there for a while. The site is a spoof.

    1. Are you SURE the site is a spoof ( http://www.rexresearch.com/adept/aa3car~1.htm ), look at the sources cited at the bottom of the web page – they look legitimate. Could you verify that the site is a spoof, and explain why specifically. Sorry to be dense – I’d love to delete that bookmark if it is just humor (sometimes sarcasm and parody is hard to spot).

      BTW, did you see “The Snake” doubleback on his shameless promotion of the Wisdom-Larsen theory after this article came out? Yeah, Krivit is a real piece of work, I suppose he’ll go out “teaching” everyone that protrons are turned into neutrons now like he owns it. Wonder how he’ll explain that sample from a LENR reactor – if this new LENR theory is correct it means Rossi’s E-Cat works as advertised, as the sample came from his LENR reactor. Ha.

    1. I am sorry to say that it is not iron but certain defects in the graphite structure that cause ferromagnetic properties. It is a clever method of forming those defects in the structure.

      Ferromagnetism graphite

    1. Rossi demonstrated a prototype steam generator in January 2011. Yes, it was probably too soon, there were many engineering problems, for sixteen months later, we do not have a product for the public.

      If you have never engineered anything, then perhaps you do not know of the difficulties in bringing a revolutionary new paradigm to the world.

      Sir Richard Branson is two years behind on building a “green” spaceport building in New Mexico. Why?
      Hint: For him, it is not because of politics.

      Read any industry trade paper. You will find many delays in bringing a new idea to bear. In that respect, this is no different.

  3. Nice piece Brad. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

    I am left to wonder how many times the alchemists of yore noted a strange heat from their experiments but totally ignored it because they were looking for gold and silver, not heat. I guess it would be akin to NASA scientists noting anomalous heat in their 1989 replication attempts of Pons and Fleishmann, but ignored it because they were looking for neutrons.

    1. I’ve taken to researching nuclear transmutation and I’ve come to the conclusion that Mitsubishi’s R&D will go quicker than is intuitive, partially because there is no need to commercialize the technology – just start selling the product on the open market. I’ve also taken it upon myself to start warning different sources about an imminent increase in rare/valuable metals on the market, and to inform LENR developers who could benefit from an additional revenue stream. This thing is BIG, and I plan to write another paper on the subject in the next couple of weeks.

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