The compound with the chemical formula SnCl4 is generally called tin (IV) chloride. Less frequently, it is also called stannic chloride, tetrachlorotin, tin perchloride and tetrachlorostannae.
Tin (IV) chloride appears as a colorless fuming liquid that results after the direct chlorination process of tin. Other methods of manufacturing tin (IV) chloride include treating it with chlorine and heating powdered tin in the presence of mercuric chloride. Stannic chloride is considered a dangerous compound, as it irritates eyes and mucous membranes after prolonged exposure. In extreme cases, inhaling or ingesting stannic chloride leads to severe burns and irritation. As the compound is toxic, corrosive and water reactive, people who work with it must wear protective clothing.