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Germanium Scrap

Germanium Scrap

We Purchase All Grades & Shapes Of Scrap Germanium

Prices Vary Depending On The Material Condition, Shape, Size And Grade. The Market Is Constantly Fluctuating So Please Contact Us For The Latest Pricing.

We accept your Used or Unused Germanium materials.

We recycle all kinds of scrap and waste containing Germanium metal, Germanium dioxide, broken optics and other Scrap Germanium compounds so that it can be reused in products after its initial production. Much of the Scrap Germanium that we purchase is from a wide variety of industries. We purchase Germanium from Ingots to  waste from the electronic industry also scrap is produced in the machining of infra-red lenses and other infra-red system components that accumulate in your fabrication facility.

We recycle all kinds of Germanium Scrap and Waste containing Germanium metal.

Forms Of Scrap Germanium We Recycle:

  • Optic Lenses, Clips, Pellets, Sputter Target, Ingot, Solid, Wire, Turning, Bar, Rod, Foil, Powder, Paste and Sludge………….Certain residues and compounds containing Gallium and Indium may also be of interest to us.

If You Have Other Types That Are Not Listed Please Do Not Hesitate, Contact ASMP For The Latest Price. Contact ASMP To Start Your Recycling Process Today!

  Here is Additional Information About Scrap Germanium



  • Atomic number   32
  • Atomic mass   72.59 g.mol -1
  • Density   5.3 at 20°C
  • Melting point   937 °C
  • Boiling point   2830 °C
  • Discovered by   Clemens Winkler in 1886


Germanium (chemical symbol Ge, atomic number 32) is a lustrous, hard, grayish-white chemical element. It has a diamond like crystalline structure and it is similar in chemical and physical properties to silicon. Germanium is stable in air and water, and is unaffected by alkalis and acids, except nitric acid.

The development of the germanium transistor opened the door to numerous applications in solid-state electronics. Currently, germanium and its compounds are mainly used for fiber-optic communications networks and infrared night vision systems. In addition, germanium is a catalyst for certain polymerization reactions, and single-crystal detectors made with highly purified germanium can be used to identify sources of radiation. Germanium dioxide is useful for wide-angle camera lenses and microscope objective lenses, and silicon germicide is becoming an important semiconductor for high-speed integrated circuits.



  • Germanium is an important semiconductor, mainly used in transistors and integrated circuits. They are often made from germanium to which small amounts of arsenic, gallium, or other metals. Germanium forms many compounds. Germanium oxide is added to glass to increase the index of refraction; such glass is used in wide-angle lenses and in infrared devices. Numerous alloys containing germanium have been prepared. High purity germanium single crystal detectors can precisely identify radiation sources (e.g. for airport security).

In The Environment

  • Germanium is less abundant than either tin or lead, which are the heavier component metals of group 14, and it is less easily accessed because geological processes have contracted only small amounts of it into minerals, so that it tends to be widely dispersed. Germanium ores are rare. The least rare, germinate, is a copper-iron-germanium sulfide with 8% of the element, but even this is not mined. Germanium is widely distributed in ores of other metals, such as zinc, and that which is required for manufacturing purposes is recovered as a by-product from the flue-dusts of zinc smelters. World production is about 80 tons per year.

Health Effects

  • The estimated daily intake is around 1 mg, and there have been claims that germanium could be beneficial to health, athough this has never been proved scientifically. A high intake of germanium was supposed to improve the immune system, bost the body’s oxygen supply, make a person feel more alive and destroy damaging free radicals. In addition was said to protect the user against radiation. In 1989 in the UK the Government’s Department of Health warned against germanium supplements, noting that they had no nutritional or medical value and that taking them constituted a risk to health, rather than a benefit. Germanium hydride and germanium tetra hydride are extremely flammable and even explosive when mixed with air. Inhalation: Abdominal cramps. Burning sensation. Cough. Skin: Redness. Pain. Eyes: Redness. Pain. Routes of exposure: The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation. Inhalation risk: A harmful concentration of this gas in the air will be reached very quickly on loss of containment.Effects of short-term exposure: The substance irritates the eyes, the skin and the respiratory tract. The substance may cause effects on the blood, resulting in lesions of blood cells. Exposure may result in death.

Environmental Effects

  • Physical dangers: The gas is heavier than air and may travel along the ground; distant ignition possible.
    As a heavy metal it is considered to have some negative impact in aquatic ecosystems.

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Advanced Metal Processing 
47 West Polk Street Suite 100-209
Chicago, Illinois. 60605-2085
(312) 613-1595