Chemical elements
    Physical Properties
    Chemical Properties
      Silicon Tetrahydride
      Silicon Tetrafluoride
      Hydrofluosilicic Acid
      Silicon Subfluoride
      Silicon Tetrachloride
      Silicon Tetrabromide
      Silicon Tetra-iodide
      Mixed Halides of Silicon
      Halogen Derivatives of Silico-ethane
      Halogen Derivatives of Silicopropane
      Halogen Derivatives of Silicobutane
      Halogen Derivatives of Silicopentane and Silicohexane
      Silicon Oxychlorides
      Silicon Dioxide
      Silicoformic Anhydride
      Silico-oxalic Acid
      Silicomes-oxalic Acid
      Silicon Disulphide
      Silicon Monosulphide
      Silicon Oxysulphide
      Silicon Thiochloride
      Silicon Thiobromide
      Silicon Chloroitydrosulphide
      Silicon Selenide
      Silicon Tetramide
      Silicon Di-imide
      Silicon Nitrimide
      Siliconitrogen Hydride
      Silicon Nitrides
      Crystalline Silicon Monocarbide
      Silicon Dicarbide
      Silicon Carboxide
      Borides of Silicon
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Silicon Tetramide, Si(NH2)4

Silicon Tetramide, Si(NH2)4, is prepared by the general Method for preparing amides, that is, by the interaction of the acid chloride and ammonia. Thus when silicon tetrachloride and ammonia interact in benzene solution below 0° C., or when liquid ammonia and the tetrachloride are mixed together below 0° C., a white solid is formed which is a mixture of the tetramide and the necessary by-product, ammonium chloride:

SiCl4 + 8NH3 = Si(NH2)4 + NH4Cl.

From this mixture liquid ammonia dissolves ammonium chloride, leaving silicon tetramide as an unstable, amorphous white substance which above 0° C. loses ammonia, passing into the di-imide. Water decomposes the tetramide into silicic acid and ammonia.

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