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Synthesis and Characterization of the Gold(I) Tris(ethylene) Complex [Au(C2H4)3][SbF6]


  • H.V.R.D. thanks the Robert A. Welch Foundation (grant Y-1289) for financial support of this research. T.R.C. acknowledges the National Science Foundation (CHE-0701247) for its support of this research.


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Ethylene el dorado: Gold(I) unusually takes up three ethylene molecules in a spoked-wheel arrangement (see picture). The complex was synthesized as the hexafluoroantimonate salt and structurally characterized.