How can tritium gas be converted to copper. What reagent must be added?

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Tritium is an isotope of hydrogen. It has 1 proton and 2 neutrons which gives it an atomic mass of 3, whereas the most common isotope of hydrogen called protium has just 1 proton and the atomic mass of 1.

It is not possible to convert tritium to copper. Copper is not a chemical compound that contains hydrogen. It is only possible to convert tritium to a compound that has hydrogen as one of its constituents. For example if tritium were combusted, it would combine with oxygen to form tritiated water.

2 T2 + O2 --> 2 T2O

As far as NT3 is concerned, it can be produced by the Haber-Bosch process using magnetite as a catalyst by reacting tritium and nitrogen.

3 T2 + N2 --> 2 NT3

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