I am finding conflicting information on the proper handling of germanium(IV) chloride. Is the liquid air/moisture sensitive? Does $\ce{GeCl4}$ have to be handled in a glove box?

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    $\begingroup$ Probably only moisture sensitive afaict. $\endgroup$
    – Mithoron
    Commented Oct 17, 2022 at 22:51
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    $\begingroup$ One look at Wikipedia gives plenty of hints that this is moisture sensitive. You can use this compound in DRY air. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 17, 2022 at 23:15

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At times like this, you always refer to the material safety data sheet (MSDS). Have a look:

Upon contact with water or moist air this material reacts to release corrosive and toxic hydrogen chloride gas and dense white fumes of germanium dioxide

Please also check the "HANDLING AND STORAGE" section.


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