Beryllium

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Beryllium is the fourth element in the periodic system. It is a steel gray and very light metal. It is rarely used in it self but commonly used as an alloying element with copper to create a stiff beryllium copper alloy used in contact elements, for example in CPU sockets.

The ceramic beryllium oxide, also called beryllia, is used as a isolator in some microwave components.

Toxicology

Beryllium is very toxic in its metallic and oxide forms.

Waste treatment

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Beryllium ions are soluble both in acidic and basic solutions but at neutral pH it forms a precipitate that can be filtered off, Be(H2O)2(OH)2.

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