Digold Phosphinine Complexes Are Stable with a Bis(Phosphinine) Ligand but Not with a 2-Phosphinophosphinine

Peter A. Cleaves, Ben Gourlay, Margot Marseglia, Daniel J. Ward, Stephen M. Mansell

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The reaction of [bis{3-methyl-6-(trimethylsilyl)phosphinine-2-yl}dimethylsilane] (19) with one and two equivalents of [AuCl(tht)] was attempted in order to selectively form the mono and digold species, respectively. The digold species [(AuCl)2(19)] (21) was synthesized in 32% yield and comprehensibly characterized (multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, elemental analysis, mass spectrometry and single-crystal X-ray diffraction). The monogold species showed no 31P nuclear magnetic resonance at 25 °C but two resonances at −70 °C due to rapid exchange of AuCl between the phosphinine donors at 25 °C and was also susceptible to redistribution reactions to form the digold species. Analogous reactions of [AuCl(tht)] with 2-diphenylphosphino-3-methyl-6-trimethylsilylphosphinine (22) revealed preferential coordination of the AuCl unit to the PPh2 donor first, with coordination to the phosphinine achieved upon reaction with the second equivalent of [AuCl(tht)]. Unexpectedly, the digold complex was not stable, undergoing decomposition to give an unidentified black precipitate. Structural information could only be obtained on the digold hydrolysis product [(AuCl)2(1-OH-2-PPh2-3-MePC5H4)], which showed an aurophilic interaction.
Original languageEnglish
Article number203
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2022


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