The Info List - Beryllium Hydroxide

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Magnesium hydroxide
Magnesium hydroxide

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BERYLLIUM HYDROXIDE, Be(OH)2, is an amphoteric hydroxide , dissolving in both acids and alkalis . Industrially, it is produced as a by-product in the extraction of beryllium metal from the ores beryl and bertrandite . The natural pure beryllium hydroxide is rare (in form of the mineral behoite, orthorhombic) or very rare (clinobehoite, monoclinic). When alkali is added to beryllium salt solutions the α-form (a gel) is formed. If this left to stand or boiled, the rhombic β-form precipitates. This has the same structure as zinc hydroxide , Zn(OH)2, with tetrahedral beryllium centers.


With alkalis it dissolves to form the tetrahydroxidoberyllate(2-) anion. With sodium hydroxide solution: 2NaOH(aq) + Be(OH)2(s) → Na2Be(OH)4(aq)

With acids, beryllium salts are formed. For example, with sulfuric acid , H2SO4, beryllium sulfate is formed: Be(OH)2 + H2SO4 → BeSO4 + 2H2O

hydroxide dehydrates at 400 °C to form the soluble white powder, beryllium oxide : Be(OH)2 → BeO + H2O

Further heating at higher temperature produces acid insoluble BeO.

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* Be(BH4)2 * BeBr2 * BeCO3 * BeCl2 * BeF2 * BeH * BeH2 * BeI2 * Be(N3)2 * Be(NO3)2 * BeO * Be(OH)2 * BeS * BeSO3 * BeSO4 * BeTe * Be2C * Be3N2

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LiOH Be(OH)2

B C NH3.H2O O F Ne

NaOH Mg(OH)2

Al(OH)3 Si P S Cl Ar

KOH Ca(OH)2 Sc(OH)3 Ti V Cr(OH)2 Cr(OH)3 Mn(OH)2 Fe(OH)2 Fe(OH)3 Co(OH)2 Ni(OH)2 CuOH Cu(OH)2 Zn(OH)2 Ga(OH)3 Ge(OH)2 As Se Br Kr

RbOH Sr(OH)2 Y(O