Synthesis, Characterization and Luminescence of Gold Complexes Bearing an NHC Ligand Based on the Imidazo[1,5-a]quinolinol Scaffold



We report on the synthesis and characterization of an NHC ligand based on the imidazo[1,5-a]quinolinol scaffold. The benzyl-protected NHC precursor was used for the preparation of the corresponding AgI, AuI and AuIII complexes. The molecular structures of the AuI and AuIII halide complexes determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction reveal considerable distortion of the rigid NHC moiety due to steric repulsion between the gold and oxygen atoms. At ambient temperature, the complexes are weakly fluorescent from an intraligand excited state, whereas at 77 K the emission spectra are dominated by intraligand phosphorescence.