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I was wondering if it was possible to create Silane from Methane using the process of siliconization to replace the Carbon with Silicon. For example Silicon Carbide is produced by replacing C-C bonds with a Si-C bond.

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  • $\begingroup$ What do you mean by siliconization and what is replacing bonds? In drawing, or in actual chemical reaction? $\endgroup$ – ssavec Aug 18 '14 at 7:29
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A key difference between carbon and silicon (and why you usually can't make an all-silicon version of an organic compound where all its carbons are replaced with silicon) is that long chains of silicon atoms are not stable. Another key difference is that a hydrogen attached directly to silicon, as in silane, is typically more reactive--say toward hydrolysis or oxidation--that one attached to a carbon atom. I do not know of any process to directly "silanize" a carbon compound, as stated in your question.

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