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Alex P. Woodham, Prof. Dr. Gerard Meijer and Dr. André Fielicke Activation of Molecular Oxygen by Anionic Gold Clusters Angewandte Chemie International Edition 51

Version of Record online: 27 MAR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201108958

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A golden opportunity: Molecular oxygen is found to be converted into a superoxo (O2) species upon complexation to gold-cluster anions containing an even number of Au atoms. Vibrational spectra (see scheme) reveal small variations in the extent of O[BOND]O bond activation dependent upon the electron affinity of the parent cluster.

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