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Molecular formula Ge2H6
Molar mass 151.328 g/mol
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Digermane is an inorganic compound with the chemical formula Ge2H6. One of the few hydrides of germanium, it is a colourless gas. Its molecular geometry is similar to ethane.[1] The compound has no applications, being unstable at elevated temperatures.

It is be produced together with germane by the reduction of germanium dioxide with sodium borohydride, the principal product being germane. Traces of trigermane are also produced.[2] It also arises by he hydrolysis of magnesium-germanium alloys.[3]


  1. ^ Pauling, Linus; Laubengayer, A. W.; Hoard, J. L. (1 July 1938). Journal of the American Chemical Society 60 (7): 1605–1607. doi:10.1021/ja01274a024. 
  2. ^ William L. Jolly, John E. Drake "Hydrides of Germanium, Tin, Arsenic, and Antimony" Inorganic Syntheses, 1963, Volume 7, p. 34ff.doi:10.1002/9780470132388.ch10
  3. ^ Greenwood, Norman N.; Earnshaw, Alan (1997). Chemistry of the Elements (2nd ed.). Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN 0080379419.