What is the Formula For Beryllium Nitride?


Mar 23, 2023 , ,

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what is the formula for beryllium nitride?

Beryllium nitride, Be3N2, is a compound of beryllium and nitrogen, prepared by heating beryllium metal powder with dry nitrogen at high temperatures (1100-1500 degC). This material is relatively reactive, rapidly oxidized in air at 600degC, and is decomposed by water. It is used in refractory ceramics and nuclear reactors as well as to produce radioactive carbon-14 for tracer applications.

Chemical formula: Be3N2

The atomic weight of beryllium is 9.012182. It is a member of the Block S, Group 2, Period 2 elements. It is a soft, gray metallic element with a high density and excellent thermal conductivity. It is a widely used material in aerospace and military industries, as well as in X-ray equipment and particle physics.

Ionic Compounds:

In an ionic compound, the ions combine in a ratio such that they have a net charge of zero. When beryllium combines with oxygen, the two oxygen atoms must have a net charge of +2 since the element is a alkaline Earth metal.


In the formula BeO, the beryllium atoms give up their outer electrons to form a Be2+ ion and the ions of oxygen have a net charge of -2 because the element is an alkaline Earth metal. These ions combine in a 1:1 ratio to form beryllium oxide, BeO.

This material is produced under controlled conditions to ensure purity, strength and consistency. It is available in numerous standard and custom forms including high purity, submicron and nanopowders. This material is also available in Mil Spec (military grade), ACS, Reagent and Technical Grade as well as Food, Agricultural and Pharmaceutical Grade.