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Germanium dioxide is used as an optical material for wide-angle lenses and in optical microscope objective lenses. It is used as a catalyst in the preparation of polyethylene terephthalate resin. Further, it is used as a feedstock for the manufacturing of phosphors and semiconductor materials. It is also used in transistors and diodes, and infrared transmitting glass.
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Yang, J.; Huang, Z.; Huang, B.; Zhou, J.; Xu, X. Influence of phosphorus sources on lithium ion conducting performance in the system of Li2O-Al2O3-GeO2-P2O5 glass-ceramics. Solid State Ionics 2015, 270, 61-65.
Hazard Statements: H302-H332
Harmful if swallowed. Harmful if inhaled.
Precautionary Statements: P261-P264b-P270-P271-P301+P312-P304+P340-P312-P330-P501c
Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product. Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. IF SWALLOWED: Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician if you feel unwell. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. Rinse mouth. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant