what is the formula for beryllium nitride?
Beryllium nitride (Be3N2) is prepared by heating beryllium metal powder with dry nitrogen in an oxygen-free atmosphere at temperatures between 700 and 1400 degC. It is used in refractory ceramics and nuclear reactors as well as in the production of radioactive carbon-14 for tracer applications.
Reactivity: It rapidly oxidizes in air at 600 degC and is decomposed by water. It reacts with acids and bases to give soluble beryllium compounds and ammonia.
Chemical stability: Stable under recommended storage conditions. Likely routes of exposure: Inhalation, skin and eyes
Symptoms of Exposure: May cause severe irritation to the eyes and respiratory tract. Ingestion can lead to nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
The chemical, physical and toxicological properties of beryllium nitride are not fully known. For this reason, special care must be taken to ensure that the material is handled and stored in accordance with the relevant Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.
In addition, employees should wear appropriate protective clothing and be adequately trained in the handling of the product. In the event of any suspected exposure, medical advice should be sought.
To prevent the possibility of contamination of other products, beryllium nitride should always be kept in sealed containers and away from moisture. It should also be labeled externally to help with identification and quality control. This material should be disposed of in accordance with the relevant Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental regulations.