Rare Well-Defined Difluorogold Complexes

  • Author: ChemistryViews.org
  • Published: 15 April 2018
  • Copyright: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA
  • Source / Publisher: Chemical Communications/Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Associated Societies: Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UK
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There a very few examples of well-defined gold(III) fluoride complexes. However, such compounds could be useful in catalysis.

Jason L. Dutton and colleagues, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, have synthesized trans-difluoride complexes of gold; only the second example of this type of compound to be characterized. The team combined N-methylimidazole with chlorotetrahydrothiophene gold and KOTf (OTf = triflate) in dichloromethane. The mixture was stirred for 24 hours and the product was converted to the desired difluorogold complex using XeF2 in chloroform. Alternatively, KF could be used as a cheaper, less toxic fluoride source giving lower yields.

The complex was characterized using X-ray crystallography. Tthe team found that it features the shortest Au–F bond distance in a gold complex measured so far. The researchers were also able to synthesize similar complexes with pyridine ligands.


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