Periodic Table of Elements




First proposed to exist by Dmitri Mendeleyev in 1871. Mendeleev called it "ekasilicon". Germanium was discovered by Clemens Alexander Winkler in Germany in 1886 in a mineral sample from a silver mine. Winkler named the element as germanium for the country of Germany.

Name: Germanium
Symbol: Ge
Atomic number: 32
Atomic weight: 72.63
State: solid
Group, period, block: 14, 4, p
Color: grayish-white
Classification: metalloid
Electron configuration: 3d10 4s2 4p2

Physical properties

Density: 5.323 g/cm-3
Melting point: 1211.40 K,938.25 C,1720.85 F
Boiling point: 3106 K,2833 C,5131 F

Atomic properties

Oxidation states: 4, 3, 2, 1, 0, -1, -2, -3, -4
Electronegativity: 2.01 (Pauling scale)
Ionization energies: 1st: 762 kJmol-1
Covalent radius: 122 pm
Van der Waals radius: 211 pm
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There are five naturally occurring isotopes of germanium exist, 70Ge, 72Ge, 73Ge, 74Ge, and 76Ge.