Germane is about able by abridgement of germanium compounds, conspicuously germanium dioxide, with hydride reagents such as sodium borohydride, potassium borohydride, lithium borohydride, lithium aluminium hydride, sodium aluminium hydride. The acknowledgment with borohydrides is catalyzed by assorted acids and can be agitated out in either aqueous or amoebic solvent. On class scale, germane can be able by the acknowledgment of Ge(IV) compounds with these hydride reagents. A archetypal amalgam complex the acknowledgment of Na2GeO3 with sodium borohydride.
Na2GeO3 + NaBH4 + H2O → GeH4 + 2 NaOH + NaBO2
Other methods for the amalgam of germane cover electrochemical abridgement and a plasma-based method. The electrochemical abridgement adjustment involves applying voltage to a germanium metal cathode absorbed in an aqueous electrolyte band-aid and an anode counter-electrode composed of a metal such as molybdenum or cadmium. In this method, germane and hydrogen gases advance from the cathode while the anode reacts to anatomy solid molybdenum oxide or cadmium oxides. The claret amalgam adjustment involves bombarding germanium metal with hydrogen atoms (H) that are generated application a top abundance claret antecedent to aftermath germane and digermane.