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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-P233-P240-P241-P242-P243-P280-P303+P361+P353-P370+P378q-P501c
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Keep container tightly closed. Ground/bond container and receiving equipment. Use explosion-proof electrical/ventilating/lighting/ equipment. Use only non-sparking tools. Take precautionary measures against static discharge. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. In case of fire: Use CO2, dry chemical, or foam Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant