Organic Germanium

History of Organic Germanium

Germanium sesquioxide was among the first reported organic germanium compounds. The belief that Dr. Kazuhiko Asai, a Japanese scientist, invented or discovered germanium sesquioxide is a common misconception perpetuated by an aggressive publicity machine. In truth, its discovery and the process for producing it, is justly ascribed to V.F. Mironov, a Russian chemist, who first submitted his work for publication in November of 1966. Mironov’s work apparently caught the attention of Dr. Kazuhiko Asai who capitalized on the biological activity of germanium sesquioxide and published his own work in respected Japanese literature seven years later. For this reason, Asai is generally credited with being the first to market a true organic germanium compound.

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Abstract 15165414 MEDLINE
Abstract 15165415 MEDLINE
Submitted for Publication 1966
Submitted for Publication 1967

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