Reactions of a Stable Monomeric Gold(I) Hydride Complex


  • This work was supported by the NSF (CAREER award, CHE-0349204) and the MIT Department of Chemistry. E.Y.T. thanks the MIT UROP office and the Paul E. Gray UROP fund. We are grateful to Prof. Timothy Swager (MIT) and to Dr. David Laitar for help in the preparation of this paper.


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Golden opportunity: A terminal mononuclear gold(I) hydride complex has been stabilized by an N-heterocyclic carbene ligand (see picture: Au orange, N blue, C gray). The complex is stable to a wider range of conditions than other transition metal hydride compounds and reacts to form a number of different gold(I) species.