Russian Team "Actinides" Announces Discovery of Industrial Biochemical Method of Elemental Transmutation (Press Conference and Press Release)

I received an email today about a press conference that was held at the Swiss Press Club in Geneva on June 21, 2016 by a Russian Corporate Partnership called Actinedes consisting of inventors Viktor Kurashov and Tamara Sakhno, and the administrator Vladislav Karabanov.

The group’s website is

I will provide some transcription from the conference.

Vladislav Karabanov: Ladies and Gentlemen, Today, in Geneva we are making public a discovery and technology which, without any exaggeration, could be described as having historic significance. Now the essence of this discovery and technology boils down to the development of an industrial method for the transformation of chemical elements into other elements and their isotopes. What we have to show you today is a transmutation without any nuclear reactors, without heavy water or anything of the kind, to obtain a transmutation of elements. Our approach to the chemical transmutation of elements is biochemical in nature. It is still too early to grasp the economic and civilizational significance of this development and technology. It would not be an exaggeration to say that this discovery is a veritable revolution which is going to open a new chapter in the technological progress.

“Unlikely as it may sound, this is a fact. The architects of this discovery and technology are leading Russian Chemists, Mrs Tamara Sahno and Mr. Victor Kurashov. These are theoretical and experimental scientists who stand on the shoulders of a dynasty of researchers who have been instrumental in discovering these methods for the transformation of chemical methods. Mankind, represented by the authors, has discovered this method for the transmutation of matter which is likely to change the face of today’s world, perhaps as deeply as it was changed by the use of electricity, perhaps even deeper. The repercussions of this revolution will be felt in the energy sector, medicine, industry and perhaps would also open up new industries, brand new industries that will have enormous humanitarian implications.

“What is most important to bear in mind is that what we are talking about here is a ready-made industrial approach that will be capable of producing target products in industrial quantities in a matter of months. With respect to the economic aspects of this discovery I am going to brief you about that later . . .

Victor Kurashov: “Ladies and gentlemen, our work to develop the technology for the transmutation of chemical elements goes back to the early 90s. The very first results were obtained back in 1998, but the bulk of this effort and research, as well as hundreds of successful experiments fall on the Summer and Autumn of 2013. Our further efforts involved patenting this work, and so for all these reasons we haven’t rushed to publish our findings until the patent was issued. We received the patent priority on the 15th of May 2014, whereas the patent itself was issued on the 25th of August 2015.

“Let’s move onto the process itself very briefly. The first component used in the process is ore, or nuclear waste. The second component of the process are valuable valency metals such as vanadium, chromium, manganese, iron, cobalt, nickel, copper, zinc, and others. Either of these will do, but we tend to use iron as the least costly element. The third component and a factor in this process, these are bacteria. Usually we use iron and sulphur-reducing bacterial species which we select along a certain list of criteria, such as that the bacteria are active, that they are resistant to radiation, that they are adapted to a heavily salted solution — ore, suspended in water.

“Now about the technology itself: ore, or nuclear waste (there’s no difference) is processed by bacteria in the presence of valuable valency elements in any closed vessel. The transmutation process kicks off immediately, and proceed stage by stage for two or three weeks until target elements are obtained. But if it is not stopped on time, this process would carry on until stable isotopes are obtained as the end product.”

That’s as far as my transcription goes for now. The full video, in English and Russian is below.

I find this interesting. I have not yet found the patents referred to (harder to do in Russian), but the process here does not sound too complicated, and I imagine as word gets out there could interest among researchers to try and replicate the results.

Below is the text of a press release published on June 13 here:

GENEVA, June 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Gathered in a corporate partnership called “Actinides”, Vladislav Karabanov – administrator of the group and inventors Tamara Sakhno and Viktor Kurashov, claim to have created a revolutionary new method of transmutation of chemical elements through biochemistry. This approach would artificially produce many valuable and most valuable chemical elements and their isotopes from other chemical elements biochemically without the use of atomic reactors, cyclotrons, highly enriched uranium or heavy water. The method does not represent any threat to the environment or personnel. Its effectiveness in comparison to traditional methods is enormous.

The method leads to obtaining various valuable and most valuable elements and isotopes, demanded in energy, medicine, and industry. Among them Francium, Radium, Actinium, Protactinium, Americium, Berkelium, Californium, and various other isotopes. All of them in convenient form, favorable for separation and purification. It would also be applicable for the 100% deactivation of nuclear waste.

This method and its results are confirmed by the Russian Patent of the Patent Office. The inventors claim to have performed over 2000 experiments and obtained substantial and consistent results. The research work was conducted with private money and the technology is 100% owned by the group. The inventors claim, that this method is immediately ready for commercial scale production of many valuable elements and their isotopes, needed for medicine and industry.

The presented invention provides access to new sources of energy and medicines. Due to methods cost effectiveness, it will make most advanced nuclear medicine technologies available for a wide range of people. It will give impulse to the development in spheres such as energy, industry, medicine, space exploration and inaccessible areas of the earth and the oceans.

Authors of the invention will hold a press conference, its goal is to present this revolutionary method in Europe and the United States and find partners.

Members of Partnership:
Tamara Sakhno – scientist, chemist biotechnologist, author of the invention
Viktor Kurashov – scientist, chemist biotechnologist, author of the invention
Vladislav Karabanov – administrator of the group, commercial application manager

Press Conference will be held in Swiss Press Club in Geneva, Switzerland

Address: “La Pastorale” Route de Ferney 106, Geneva, Switzerland
Date: 21st of June, 2016 at 12:00 pm local time.
Language of press conference – English.

Live stream of the event will be available at:

See also the site for more information
Contact: Email
Tel 1: +41 22 575 27 33 Vladislav Karabanov
Tel 2: +39 34 55 27 81 84
Skype: variru

SOURCE Vladislav Karabanov

89 Replies to “Russian Team "Actinides" Announces Discovery of Industrial Biochemical Method of Elemental Transmutation (Press Conference and Press Release)”

  1. Are they saying that they can convert iron into radioactive elements though the use of bacteria, as well as deactivate existing radioactive materials?

    1. “The method leads to obtaining various valuable and most valuable elements and isotopes, demanded in energy, medicine, and industry. Among them Francium, Radium, Actinium, Protactinium, Americium, Berkelium, Californium, and various other isotopes. All of them in convenient form, favorable for separation and purification. It would also be applicable for the 100% deactivation of nuclear waste.”

      1. But they did not say what ore they need to start from for those.
        Isn’t it most likely to be something already close?

        1. I’m supposing by ‘ore’ they mean radioactive ore, which would be either uranium or thorium. So either radioactive ore or nuclear waste is presumably the first key ingredient. Mix in a transition metal, water and bacteria, let simmer, and presto!

    2. ‘as if they can walk an element across the periodic table into other squares’

      Haha. I love that image, like some form of a square dance I assume.

    3. I think they say they can make any element or any isotop from for example Iron. They can stop the process at the wanted element

      1. Rare earths are not rare, but in fact quite plentiful.

        Rare in this instance means it is sparsely distributed and very large quantities of material need to be extracted to obtain small quanties of them. This is why their expensive and the cheap labor in China gives them an advantage.

        Robots will eventually be the labor equalizer. China has threatened robotizing jobs as their labor costs increase. They are very hesitant to start this process as once this path is taken, everyone will follow. The cost of and operation of robots is univerally comparable. Regardless where deployed.

    1. From 1:15:30 they answer a question about LERN. As far as my knowledge goes its somewhat diferend but it gets easier to understand from there on. They use bacteria to speed up alfa en beta decay, the bacteria transport the proton/electron and mainly you can walk down the periodic table.

  2. The good news, this technology will forces science to figure out how LENR works. Rossi’s massive production is no longer required to awaken science to LENR.

    1. They run their reactors at near ambient temperatures. The energy is somehow not generated. Their findings confirms previous claims of biological transmutations (in chickens, I think, where the energy would boil the chicken…).
      Chemists have great respect to the catalytic properties within biological systems… so, I think that the results are real.
      The costs are in growing the bacteria (bacteria feed) and in the separation of low concentration of the elements. Metals can be precipitated, usually as sulfides, and then separated further by the standard methods of classical separations or by process-scale chromatography of their complexes, electrolysis etc.
      Their reaction medium is quite “dirty”.
      There were some previous papers hinting on biologically-assisted transmutations, but the conversions were not great (some Ukrainian papers claimed the transmutation effects).

      1. The magic sauce is the bacteria. The enzymes can get two elements close and form bonds under unbelievable (to chemists) angles and lengths. There could be some resonance effect involved, perhaps the enzymes get more than two elements in close proximity. So, the transmutations are enzyme-facilitated. There might be some “morphic field effect” suggested by Rupert Sheldrake. These fields are present mostly in biological systems. For example, the preference of fluorine to bind to the enamel of a tooth can only be explained with the concept of a morphic field.

        1. That’s a decent starting explanation, at that level of detail.

          (Much as I like Sheldrake I would go with just the enzymes controlling the reactions very carefully.)

          Transmutation is a big a jump over photosynthesis. But plants splitting water with photons is pretty amazing by itself.

  3. Is the process comparable to the transmutation reactions Japanese scientists are working on? They are not using bacteria but a chemical process.

    1. The good thing about bacteria is that they are no cost, They make more of themselves with no expense in chemical feedstock.

      Mark LeClair does this with cavitation but he needs to power his lasers. This is like brewing beer. You just need water clear or not, and some nuclear waste.

      You can make your own nuclear waste by using LeClair’s cavitation technology.

  4. What this guys have done is applied science to the prediction of how a desired element is formed. The bacterial know how to do it. You just need to know how long to cook the brew.

    1. I think that the bacteria must use the LENR energy produced by the reaction for their metabolism. If they did not do that, they would starve and be unable to reproduce, They must use LENR energy the way plants use sun shine. Furthermore, there has be a great deal of transmutation reported without much energy production in many cases.

        1. Some of the transmutations might be endothermic (need energy). This might balance out the exothermic type. The bacteria might be smarter than we think.

          1. I get the feeling life is tenacious throughout the universe. Who’s to say the lowly bacteria have not grabbed onto a means of life, unbeknownst to the most erudite scientist of today. There’s more to discover than discovered, for sure.

  5. Notice – Valance metals…

    Read… Transition metals, they are the key, include actinides, Lanthanides and Transuranics.

    They have the decency to give credit to the LONG history of research in this field, Jean-Paul Biberian gave a summary of this in 2013.

  6. The claims of magical wonders proliferate! What a wonderful time to be credulous. The dreams and fantasies are bigger while the real world shrinks. What lover of Frankenstein could deny this? Let us celebrate yet again and wonder why the champagne supply dwindles!

    On so many levels I not only reject this claim, but am dumbfounded by the passive acceptance of so many. Let only one of these miracles be true! But, no…..

  7. When the first trans-Atlantic sound conversation was made it was declared “What has man wrought” to give an indication of what it must have felt back then when one could only use, at best, mirrors and fire light at night to send signals, at most, 50 miles at a time as a means of instantaneous communication. Now this, gives one a sense of what it was like back then.

  8. The only amazing thing here in my view is the time frame. I really thought the discovery of this knowledge would be much slower given mainstream science view of “We Already Know All There Is To Know”.

    Evidence of many marvels peek their head out from time to time in small bits here and small bits there. Once the mass of these bits reach a certain crescendo, we see reports such as this.

    This is the tip of the iceberg. I hope this is the beginning of an awakening and a hundred or so years from now, society will look back at our modern times as primitive. And that our so called laws of physics have seen major revisions.

    Note: One of the few things in this world I see as impossible is ME running a 4 minute mile. However, I can’t dismiss the possibility of a Quark powered Exoskeleton and ME running a 2 minute mile. Obviously, a 1 minute mile “IS” impossible because as the human body would experience a rapid unscheduled disassembly at 60 MPH.


    A mysterious, weblike growth with a fondness for Savannah River Site’s spent nuclear fuel has been identified – but not formally named.

    “We did a genetic analysis and found a diverse population of mostly bacteria,” said Christopher Berry, the senior technical adviser of the Savannah River National Labortory.

    The “white, stringlike” substance was first observed in October among old fuel assemblies submerged in the site’s L Area basin, where nuclear materials from foreign and domestic research reactors are stored and guarded.

    Although the growth was deemed harmless, its ability to thrive and spread in such an unusual environment prompted a more detailed analysis.
    “We were able to identify a large portion of the bacteria making up the cobwebs, but there were certainly some where the DNA sequencing came back as unknown,” Berry said.

    Although rare, bacterial colonies have been observed in a few nuclear environments, including a Canadian reactor and at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania, where a growth developed in the site’s spent fuel basin after its 1979 accident.

    Scientists at SRS still have one more local mystery to solve.
    “Right now we are trying to figure out what these bacteria are using for food,” Berry said. “In other words, what is their carbon source?”
    Water in which spent fuel is stored is carefully filtered, treated and deionized to prevent anything that might contribute to corrosion – a perennial concern in nuclear waste storage.

    If its food source can be identified and eliminated, the bacteria – and the cobwebs – might be more easily controlled, Berry said.
    “We found no evidence it contributes to corrosion,” he said. “But visually, they want to get rid of it.”

  10. Wonderful day, science is the most important subject when it is performed correctly with open-minds, Research and Evidence.
    When the half-wits who for years have destroyed science with the belief that they are so expert and qualified, that they can give answers with opinion alone are laughed out of science, then it may move on from the present position of when somebody says they are a scientist, all thinking people laugh quietly to themselves.
    Any scientist on page like to give their scientific opinion that genuine off World UFO’s do not, cannot, exist.
    We wait as with Cold Fusion for clear Evidence of others repeating their findings.

        1. pol·y·wa·ter
          a supposed polymeric form of water markedly different from ordinary water, claimed as a new discovery in the early 1970s. The claim was later retracted when its properties were found to be the result of impurities.

          1. I meant the story of, rather than the actual entity (which was a load of ****, just like this!).

            There was a recent paper published regarding Arsenic consuming bacteria. It came in for a lot of stick. Eventually, it was found to be a load of bull and the paper was retracted. I’m sure that we will find something similar with this.

  11. Au-197 (#79) is a stable isotope and will not be distinguished from the natural (mined) gold. Other isotopes of gold are radioactive.
    Could I get a sample of that bacteria? 🙂
    isotop NA half-life DM DE (MeV) DP
    195Au syn 186.10 d ε 0.227 195Pt
    196Au syn 6.183 d ε 1.506 196Pt
    β− 0.686 196Hg
    197Au 100% – (α) 0.9545 193Ir
    198Au syn 2.69517 d β− 1.372 198Hg
    199Au syn 3.169 d β− 0.453 199Hg

  12. I have read articles by mushroom growers about breaking down industrial waste and oil spills and “neutralizing” radioactive waste with mushrooms.

    I considered them to be quite reputable, I do not think that they even understood that the mushrooms would need to perform transmutation for that to happen. They just love mushroom growing and want to do good things, so they try and report the improvements which they see.

    That would probably be a very weak approach to fraud. Most mushroom fanciers are not getting rich off the activity.

  13. Just had an email from a prominent Russian-speaking scientist and friend…

    Hi Alan, after listening the press-conference on bio-transmutation, I think that it’s complete bullshit either to raise money by crowdfunding or to make another noisy event to disregard a public opinion towards LENR field – in the best Kremlin traditions. So called ‘inventors’ do not have any references to their previous work in science, but I traced the organizer – Vlad Karabanov – he is an anchor of the TV program “Russian view’ – extremely nationalistic, apologetic to all Kremlin crimes -annexations, wars etc. And now, suddenly in his interview, he tells us about ‘terrible Kremlin government” etc.
    Vysotskii, who written two books in the field, just answered me and confirmed my first impression.

  14. Before we go any further on this track I would like to keep this thread clear of politics. There’s a scientific claim under discussion here that might or might not be true — so let’s keep the focus on the science.

    I have been in touch with the group and have been told that anyone who is interested in looking into this seriously can arrange to visit the company in Geneva for a demonstration.

    1. We are all mushrooms as we grow on our feed. More light is dangerous to the mushrooms. Many mushrooms were dried up upon exposure to light. The horse manure is the best for the mushrooms.

  15. Not everyone conceptualizes cross discipline, I suspect that the more expert you become in one discipline the less likely you are to cross.

      1. Isn’t it a bit ironic when a LENR supporter disses something that is controversial and rejected by the mainstream science?

        1. Yes indeed it is. I guess the issue is that biochemistry is such a delicate thing working with fractions of eV’s, sensitive for radiation. It is hardly feasible that it could use or even survive when MeV are being released in their neighborhood. But who knows what surprises nature has for us. Only until we fully understand LENR we can perhaps dismiss or not biochemical transmutation.

          1. Thank you Valeriy. Are you suggesting that these type of organisms are being used for this transmutation process?
            I know I am very critical about these biological transmutations. I just want to see these claims proved openly and verified by critical scientists, just as Andrea Rossi’s claims. I now just hope they are right.

          2. I don’t know, maybe they use this bacterium. Since my profession is molecular biology, my professional part keep me skeptic too, but I see also the chances that this information can be true (based on my theory). Anyway, a theory is very shaky basis for the final conclusion, only experiments can bring the light especially in this field. I would like to see a publication having full description of the experiments (it doesn’t matter in which journal or web site).

          3. “a theory is very shaky basis for the final conclusion, only experiments can bring the light especially in this field.” Bravo. If we stand on theory, we will get nowhere.

    1. Then there is Agaricus Campestris, sometimes confused with baby Amanita Phalloides, but otherwise quite deliciously growing in, you guessed it, meadows.

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