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What is beryllium nitride?

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Beryllium nitride, also called triberyllium nitride, is the chemical compound with the molecular formula Be3N2 and a molar mass is 55.06 grams per mole. It is a yellow-white powder at standard temperature and pressure, and its density is 2.71 grams per cubic centimeter. Its melting point is 2200 degrees Celsius.

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Beryllium nitride is obtained from the reaction of beryllium metal with nitrogen at temperatures between 700 and 1400 degrees Celsius. It reacts with acids to form corresponding salts and ammonia, NH3. It produces beryllate salts in reaction with solutions of strong bases such as sodium hydroxide, NaOH. Beryllium nitride is used to produce the isotope carbon-14 and in the manufacturing process of refractory ceramics and nuclear reactors.

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