[{Au[μ-N(SiMe3)2]}4]: The First Base-Free Gold Amide

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  • Scott D. Bunge,

    1. Georgia Institute of Technology School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and School of Materials Science and Engineering and Molecular Design Institute Atlanta, GA 30332-0400 (USA) Fax: (+1) 404-894-1144
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  • Oliver Just Dr.,

    1. Georgia Institute of Technology School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and School of Materials Science and Engineering and Molecular Design Institute Atlanta, GA 30332-0400 (USA) Fax: (+1) 404-894-1144
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  • William S. Rees, Jr. Prof. Dr.

    1. Georgia Institute of Technology School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and School of Materials Science and Engineering and Molecular Design Institute Atlanta, GA 30332-0400 (USA) Fax: (+1) 404-894-1144
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  • This work was supported by the United States Office of Naval Research. W. S. R., Jr. was the recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Award during 1998–1999 with Prof. Dr. H. Schumann at the Technische Universität Berlin.

Abstract

Metathetical exchange between LiN(SiMe3)2 and AuCl generated the first tetranuclear (AuN)4 molecular ring, the gold(I) amide [{Au(μ-N(SiMe3)2]}4]. The cluster is centrosymmetric and comprises an arrangement of four Au atoms (see picture).

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