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Synthesis, Characterization, and Luminescence Studies of Gold(I) Complexes with PNP- and PNB-Based Ligand Systems

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posted on 2015-11-02, 00:00 authored by Shiv Pal, Neha Kathewad, Rakesh Pant, Shabana Khan
The synthesis, X-ray crystal structures, and spectroscopic studies of a series of PPh2N­(2,6-iPr2C6H3)­PPh2 (PNP) and PPh2N­(2,6-iPr2C6H3)­BCy2 (PNB; Cy = cyclohexyl) based gold­(I) complexes are presented herein. The gold­(I) chloride complexes 2 and 6 were treated with AgSbF6 to yield the corresponding dimeric dinuclear AuI cation (3) and dimeric mononuclear AuI cation (7) with PNP and PNB systems, respectively. The molecular structure of 3 revealed the presence of a strong intramolecular aurophilic interaction with a Au···Au bond distance of 2.7944(19) Å, one of the shortest aurophilic interactions known in the literature. However, complex 7 displays no aurophilic interaction. The reaction of 3 with diphenyl disulfide was performed, which led to a multinuclear tetragold­(I) complex (4), keeping the aurophilic interaction intact. The effect of an aurophilic interaction is also illustrated through the study of the luminescent properties of these gold­(I) complexes. Complexes 3 and 4 exhibit luminescence in solution as well as in the solid state, whereas the other gold­(I) complexes remain nonluminescent.