Much more than a filler
The discovery of germanium in 1886 was the breakthrough in the theory of the periodic table of elements. Fifteen years earlier, the Russian chemist Dimitri Mendeleev had predicted the existence of an element with precisely these properties. The special position of germanium in the periodic table, on the borderline between non-metals and metals, makes germanium chemistry an exciting research subject. Germanium was named after a country, namely Deutschland - Germany.
To the article about germanium on the website Fascination Chemistry
To the article about germanium in the series Periodic Videos
The 14th group of the periodic table is also called the carbon group after its most important lightest element. It contains the elements carbon and silicon, which occur frequently in nature, the semi-metal germanium, the metals tin and lead and the only artificially produced element 114 Flerovium, which was named after the Russian physicist Georgi Fljorow.
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