Organogold chemistry. XVI. Trimethylgold trimethylphosphonium-methylid and related compounds

H. Schmidbaur, R. Franke

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A series of methylgold complexes of trimethylphosphonium-methylid has been synthesized and characterized by analytical and spectroscopic methods. These novel compounds contain AuCH2P+ bonds as part of the square planar coordination sphere of gold(III), which are very stable both thermally and in some selective cleavage and substitution reactions. The thermal decomposition of a [(CH3)2Au{(CH2P(CH3)3}2]Br salt leads to a reductive elimination of ethane with formation of the gold(I) ylid complex. Oxydative addition of halogen to the later yielded the corresponding gold(III) halide ylid compounds, that are found to exist as trans and cis isomers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-83
Number of pages5
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
Issue numberC
StatePublished - 1975
Externally publishedYes


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