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This chapter provides a fundamental understanding of beryllium reduction thermodynamics as a prerequisite for subsequent chapters on extraction, chemical processing, and corrosion. It examines a number of reduction methods along with a potential refining process, highlighting the challenges encountered with each.

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Kenneth A. Walsh, Edgar E. Vidal, Brajendra Mishra, Thermodynamics of Extraction, Beryllium Chemistry and Processing, By Kenneth A. Walsh;Edited By Edgar E. Vidal, Alfred Goldberg, Edward N.C. Dalder, David L. Olson, Brajendra Mishra, ASM International, 2009, p 55–64,

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