The detection of methyl silane (CH3SiH3) was reported in 2017 by
Cernicharo et al.
A total of 10 rotational transitions (7 unblended) were identified toward
in observations made with the
IRAM 30m telescope in a study that also
confirmed the detection of silyl cyanide.
The spectral line predictions were based on data from experimental work by
Meerts and Ozier and
Wong and co-workers from the early 1980s.
There has been no confirmation to date of this detection.
Methyl silane is used in the
manufacture of semi-conductors and
organosilicon species and is flammable. It is
also known as silaethane, since it can be viewed as
ethane (C2H6) with one C replaced
with Si and has an analogous structure.