A thermally stable gold(III) hydride: synthesis, reactivity, and reductive condensation as a route to gold(II) complexes

Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2012 Oct 15;51(42):10643-6. doi: 10.1002/anie.201206468. Epub 2012 Sep 20.


Going for gold: The first thermally stable gold(III) hydride [(C N C)*AuH] is presented. It undergoes regioselective insertions with allenes to give gold(III) vinyl complexes, and reductive condensation with [(C N C)*AuOH] to the air-stable Au(II) product, [(C N C)*(2)Au(2)], with a short nonbridged gold-gold bond.