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Beryllium: Inorganic Chemistry

  1. Timothy S. Keizer,
  2. T. Mark McCleskey

Published Online: 15 MAR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470862106.ia296

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

How to Cite

Keizer, T. S. and McCleskey, T. M. 2006. Beryllium: Inorganic Chemistry. Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry.

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  1. Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2006


The speciation and molecular interactions of beryllium have remained relatively unexplored compared to most metals, despite its high toxicity and extensive use in industry. One reason for this fact is the difficulty in characterizing beryllium species in solution. Herein, the chemistry of beryllium, and its interaction with hydroxo, inorganic and organic ligands are discussed. The structure and formation of beryllium species are communicated with emphasis on the stability of species in solution.


  • beryllium;
  • ligands;
  • hydrolysis;
  • speciation;
  • chronic beryllium disease;
  • beryl;
  • nuclear magnetic resonance