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This year we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table #IYPT2019. To mark the occasion we will be sharing stories and information about some of the elements crucial for the operation of our facility and central to the research done here. First up - Beryllium👇
Symbol Be, 4th element in the table - Beryllium is a strange element. It's a light and surprisingly unreactive metal with v. high melting point, and low thermal expansion. Also, it is transparent to X-rays. If it wasn't so toxic, it could be really useful for many things.
In fact, these strange properties make Beryllium very useful for @EuropeanXFEL. Here it is used to make windows for beamline components that have to be kept airtight, so X-rays pass through while other particles are kept out, and to make special lenses that focus X-rays.
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Over 10 years ago, @ChemistryWorld started a project with the @NakedScientists (especially @Meera_Senthi) to tell the story of each chemical #element: The Chemistry in its Element #podcast. Let's look back for #IYPT2019. Here's @brianclegg with #hydrogen:…
@ChemistryWorld @NakedScientists @Meera_Senthi @brianclegg The podcasts weren't published in atomic number order – we jumped around the #periodictable a bit – but here's @peterwothers getting grumpy about party balloons and the loss of the precious elemental resource: #Helium…

#Lithium lubricates bearings & boosts batteries, but is also an important drug for depression and bipolar disorder. Nirvana sang about it in 1990 and, hot on their heels, Matt Wilkinson wrote a #podcast for @ChemistryWorld in 2009:… #IYPT2019 #Mendeleev
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