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Reactivity of an Acetylenephosphino Gold(III) Precursor:  Addition to the Triple Bond or Formation of Alkynyl Derivatives

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posted on 2001-08-08, 00:00 authored by Manuel Bardají, Antonio Laguna, Peter G. Jones
We have synthesized the gold(III) complex Au(C6F5)3(PPh2CCH) (1), containing an acetylene moiety. Reactions with sodium alkoxides lead chemoselectively and regioselectively to gold(III) complexes containing the new ligand (2-alkoxyethenyl)diphenylphosphine or (2,2-dialkoxyethyl)diphenylphosphine, via a single or double alcohol addition to the acetylenephosphine fragment. Reaction of complex 1 with gold(I) or silver(I) acetylacetonato derivatives affords di-, tri-, or tetranuclear alkynylphosphino complexes, namely AuIII(C6F5)3(PPh2CC)MI(PPh3) (M = Au, Ag), {AuIII(C6F5)3(PPh2CC)}2AuI, and {AuIII(C6F5)3(PPh2CC)AuI}2(μ-PPh2CH2CH2PPh2). The crystal structures of Au(C6F5)3(PPh2CH2CH(OMe)2) and AuIII(C6F5)3(PPh2CC)AuI(PPh3) have been determined by X-ray diffraction studies. Luminescence studies in the solid state show that only the tetranuclear derivative is luminescent at room temperature.