Beryllium diiodide

  • Formula: BeI2
  • Hill system formula: Be1I2
  • CAS registry number: [7787-53-3]
  • Formula weight: 262.821
  • Class: iodide
  • Colour: white
  • Appearance: crystalline solid
  • Melting point: 470°C; 480°C
  • Boiling point: 487°C; 590°C
  • Density: 4320 kg m-3

The following are some synonyms of beryllium diiodide:

  • beryllium diiodide
  • beryllium(II) iodide
  • beryllium iodide

The oxidation number of beryllium in beryllium diiodide is 2.


Beryllium iodide can be made by the reaction of beryllium metal (or beryllium carbide) in a stream of iodine and hydrogen at high temperatures.

Be(s) + I2(g) (750°C) → BeI2(s)

Element analysis

The table shows element percentages for BeI2 (beryllium diiodide).

Element %
Be 3.43
I 96.57

Isotope pattern for BeI2

The chart below shows the calculated isotope pattern for the formula BeI2 with the most intense ion set to 100%.


The data on these compounds pages are assembled and adapted from the primary literature and several other sources including the following.

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