Germanium tetrahydride (GeH4) – most commonly known as germane – is the most used form of germanium in industries. Many industrial processes have been created to produce this gas. It is mainly used to produce high-performance integrated circuits in the semiconductor industry, photovoltaic sensor technologies and space applications.
|CAS||TWA (8 hours)||STEL (15 minutes)||LEL||IP||Density / Air||Filter / SCBA|
|7782-65-2||0.2 ppm||–||–||11.34 eV||2.65||B-P3|
Germane effects on health
At normal temperature and pressure, germane (GeH4) is colorless, heavier than air and features a pungent smell. This extremely flammable gas (H220) may explode if heated (H280). It is very toxic and fatal if inhaled (H330) and irritant to the eyes, skin and breathing tracts as well. It even can affect blood and damage blood cells.