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Posted by Han on January 18, 2012, 3:58 am

Look at the periodic table. Ni is element #28, Cu #29.  What's the
difference?  Right, exactly 1 (proton).  The assumption is that there is
fusion taking place, whereby a non-natural isotope of copper is formed,
"transmutated" from the nickel.  The natural (averaged) atomic weights of
Ni and Cu are respectively 58.7 and 63.5.   This would suggest that the
newly formed Cu would have an atomic weight of roughly (averaged) 59.7,
and thus be almost 4 neutrons short.  I wonder how stable such isotope(s)
would be.

On the other hand, if the heating of Ni and H2 would make the hydrogen
"dissolve" into the nickel, creating an alloy-like material, one wonders
whether that process would/should have a positive or negative delta G.  
My thermodynamics is really stale after almost 50 years ...

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Posted by Jim Wilkins on January 18, 2012, 4:22 am

The photo I saw showed a brazed copper pipe reactor. Hydrogen would reduce
the oxidized copper inside to dust that could easily be blown into and
contaminate the nickel powder.


Posted by Han on January 19, 2012, 10:45 pm

I am not so sure.  Do you have a reference for that?

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