Germanium Metal

Availability

Germanium is normally available in 2kg ingots.

Formula

Ge

CAS

7440-56-4

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Germanium Metal

Distributor of germanium metal

Description

Germanium is a metalloid chemically similar to tin. Like tin, it forms a large number of organometallics compounds. Germanium is found in few rare minerals and most of it is extracted from other elements, in particular from coal and zinc.

Appearance

Germanium is shiny, hard-brittle and silvery white in color.

Solubility

Germanium is not soluble in water.

Uses

Elemental germanium is used as a semiconductor in transistors, its different compounds are used in optical instrumentation, fiber optics, in polymerization catalysts and in high efficiency solar panels (in Aerospace sector). Germanium is also used in gold and dental alloys.

Classification

In the environment it is not considered toxic because it is present in low concentrations. But some Germanium compounds have proven to be toxic.

Safety

Request safety data sheet (SDS) and refer to points 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13, 14, 15.

Specifications

Technical specifications are provided on request according to the application: germanium metal is stored in original packing and under conditions mentioned on the safety data sheet (SDS).

Synonyms

Germanium ingot 5N