Silicon Tetrachloride is production by the reduction of tetrachloride by metal hydrides such as lithium or calcium aluminium hydride. Silane is produced by treatment of magnesium silicide with hydrochloric acid.
Liquefied and colourless gas with a pungent odour. Hydrolyses in moist air to form hydrogen chloride.
Inhalation of vapours may cause pulmonary oedema, circulatory collapse, damage to an upper respiratory tract, coughing, difficulty breathing and choking.