Posts by Raphael Berger

Raphael JF Berger was awarded a PhD in Chemistry for his contributions to the coordination chemistry of beryllium at the TUM in the group of Hubert Schmidbaur in 2002. Then he joined the groups of Dage Sundholm and Pekka Pyykkö in Helsinki where he worked in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry. After a job as the head of lab in the Bavarian health and food authorities, he joined Norbert Mitzel to establish gas-phase electron diffraction in Münster, and later Bielefeld. In 2010 he received a permanent position in Salzburg University and in 2011 a venia legendi for Inorganic Chemistry. In 2017 he was awarded a docent for Physical Chemistry in Helsinki and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Science & Technology

A biochemical conundrum: Aliens, black sheep, and crown jewels

Beryllium is unique. Some regard it as highly toxic while others say that it tastes sweet in its inorganic salts. As a matter of fact, it is used in the tower of London and space faring aliens in the sci-fi movie “galaxy quest.” Good explanations of the toxicity of dusts containing Beryllium are still sought.

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