Although it is notoriously toxic, beryllium, like its compounds and alloys, is used in many industries, including the aerospace industry. In the article in Fascination Chemistry, Florian Kraus and Magnus R. Bucher explain what exactly is poisonous about beryllium and take a look at current research on beryllium compounds.
To the article about beryllium on the Fascination Chemistry website.
There is also a video about beryllium from the "Periodic Videos" series
Beryllium belongs to the 2nd main group of the periodic table, the group of alkaline earth elements.
The elements of the 1st main group of the periodic table are called alkali elements.
The alkali elements or alkali metals include lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium, cesium, and francium. Together with hydrogen, these form the 1st main group of the periodic table. Hydrogen is not one of the alkali metals because it has completely different properties under standard conditions, i.e. under normal pressure and room temperature.
Click here for an explanatory video on the YouTube channel where the Alkali metals are presented.
The elements of the 2nd main group of the periodic table are called alkaline earth elements. These include beryllium, magnesium, calcium, strontium, barium, and radium.
Click here for an explanatory video on the YouTube channel had to know chemistry, in which the alkaline earth metals are presented.
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