The First Complexes of Tetragoldmethane CAu4

H. Schmidbaur, O. Steigelmann

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Treatment of C[B(OMe)2]4 with four equivalents of a (tertphosphine)gold(I) chloride LAuCl with L = P(c-C6H11)3 or (2-MeC6H4)3P in the presence of CsF in hexamethylphosphoric triamide (HMPT) affords the firstcomplexes of the type (LAu)4C. The product is formed together with salts (LAu)5C+BF4- as the by-product for L = tricyclohexylphosphine, from which it can be separated by fractional crystallisation. With Ph(2-MeC6H4)P only the hexacoordinate species (LAu)6C2+2BF4- is obtained, while with Ph(2-MeC6H4)2P a mixture of (LAu)6C2+ and (LAu)5C2+ salts is generated. The title compounds are stable, colourless solids readily identified by standard analytical and spectroscopic techniques, including l3C NMR of l3C-enriched material.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1721-1724
Number of pages4
JournalZeitschrift fur Naturforschung - Section B Journal of Chemical Sciences
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • (Phosphine)gold(I) Complexes
  • Borylmethanes
  • Organogold Compounds
  • Tetragoldmethane


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