Crystal structure and ligand mobility in solution of cis-dimethyl- bis(trimethylphosphine)gold(III) complexes

Oliver Schuster, Hubert Schmidbaur

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Abstract

Complexes [Me2Au(PMe3)2]+ X- with X = I and CIO4 have been prepared by several conventional routes in good yields. The products are thermally stable and decompose above 130 °C with reductive elimination of ethane. The two salts crystallize as isomorphous orthorhombic dichloromethane solvates. The cations have the cis-configuration based on a crystallographically imposed C 2v symmetry. Owing to the trans influence of the tertiary phosphine ligands the Au-C bonds are significantly shorter than in standard reference cases. The cations are stacked in pairs of columns running parallel to the c axis of the unit cell with the Me2Au units oriented in opposite directions and slightly interlocked. The anions are inserted into the pockets formed by the four Me2P groups of each pair of neighbouring cations in the same column. The large channels between the double columns are filled by the solvent molecules, which could be localized for the perchlorate salt, but were disordered and deficient in the iodide case.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalZeitschrift fur Naturforschung - Section B Journal of Chemical Sciences
Volume61
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Crystalline Solvates
  • Dimethylgold(III) Complexes
  • Gold(III) Complexes
  • Ligand Exchange
  • trans Influence

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