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Tetramethylsilane is used as a building block in organometallic chemistry. It acts as a by-product in the production of methyl chlorosilanes. Also, it serves as a precursor to silicon dioxide or silicon carbide. It is used as internal reference standard for the calibration of chemical sift for 1, 13 and 29 NMR spectroscopy. In addition, it is used as an aviation fuel.
Internal standard for NMR spectroscopy.
Kim, B. G.; Yoon, J. Y.; Yoo, C. H.; Nam, D. H.; Lee, M. H.; Seo, W. S.; Jeong, S. M. Condensation of vapor species at the outlets in high temperature chemical vapor deposition using tetramethylsilane as a precursor for SiC bulk growth. CrystEngComm 2015, 17 (16), 3148-3152.
Hei, H.; Yu, S.; Shen, Y.; Li, X.; Ma, J.; Tang, B.; Tang, W. Growth of β-SiC interlayers on WC-Co substrates with varying hydrogen/tetramethylsilane flow ratio for adhesion enhancement of diamond coatings. Surf. Coat. Technol. 2015, 272, 278-284.
Hazard Statements: H224
Extremely flammable liquid and vapour.
Precautionary Statements: P210-P280a-P240-P241-P303+P361+P353-P501a
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Wear protective gloves and eye/face protection. Ground/bond container and receiving equipment. Use explosion-proof electrical/ventilating/lighting/ equipment. IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.