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Can we make Gold in a Lab? Is it possible to make changes in metals that will create Gold? and How? I have tried to search something related to this but didn't get any good results. Thanks in Advance


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  • $\begingroup$ Depends on the lab actually. scientificamerican.com/article/… You need to be in the fanciest most advanced labs in the world to create gold from lead and prove you can! That gold won't be worthwhile though. $\endgroup$ – M.A.R. Mar 6 '15 at 21:05
  • $\begingroup$ @MARamezani gold was made from mercury over 90 years ago link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF01505658 $\endgroup$ – DavePhD Mar 6 '15 at 21:11
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @DavePhD! That was good to know, but I wasn't bringing in records, just put there an example. I don't say that article is fully credible, though. $\endgroup$ – M.A.R. Mar 6 '15 at 21:13
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    $\begingroup$ it seem that making gold from lead is more difficult than from mercury $\endgroup$ – DavePhD Mar 6 '15 at 21:29
  • $\begingroup$ I once read (in a pop sci magazine for kids, so I have no idea how valid this info is) that the easiest metal to turn into gold is...platinum! Unfortunately, you're significantly decreasing its value by doing so... $\endgroup$ – chipbuster Mar 6 '15 at 21:45

Yes, gold has been made from mercury.

See "Transmutation of Mercury by Fast Neutrons" Phys. Rev. 60, 473


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