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Gas Phase Chemistry of Gold

Organogold Compounds (2014)

  1. J. Mathias Weber

Published Online: 28 APR 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9780470682531.pat0809

Patai's Chemistry of Functional Groups

Patai's Chemistry of Functional Groups

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Mathias Weber, J. 2014. Gas Phase Chemistry of Gold. Patai's Chemistry of Functional Groups. 1–16.

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  1. JILA and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 440 UCB, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

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  1. Published Online: 28 APR 2014

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This chapter deals with results from gas phase experiments on mononuclear gold compounds, although there will not be too much discussion of gold in an organic chemistry context. Mass spectrometry in combination with laser spectroscopic techniques has made a wealth of experimental data on gold complexes available. Such experiments can yield deep and detailed insight into the chemistry of gold, since the target systems are very well defined and circumvent the difficulties associated with solvent interaction and speciation that complicate many experiments in condensed phase environments. Moreover, gas phase experiments can serve to validate computational and theoretical approaches to gold chemistry. We discuss experimental approaches to bring gold compounds into the gas phase, and we showcase data on complexes with atomic and molecular ligands, as well as studies on the reactivity of gold ions.


  • oxides;
  • halides;
  • hydrides;
  • van-der-Waals complexes;
  • reactivity;
  • spectroscopy