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Structural and electronic properties of phosphino(oligothiophene) gold(I) complexes

TitleStructural and electronic properties of phosphino(oligothiophene) gold(I) complexes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsStott, TL, Wolf, MO, Patrick, BO
Date PublishedFEB 7

A series of gold(I) complexes containing phosphino(oligothiophene) ligands of varying conjugation length has been prepared. Solid state crystal structures of (PT3)AuCl (PT3 = 5-diphenylphosphino-2,2':5',2{''}-terthiophene) and AuCl-(PTP)AuCl (PTP = 2,5-diphenylphosphinothiophene) have been obtained. The complex AuCl(PTP)AuCl crystallizes as a dimer with two intermolecular Au-Au contacts. Variable temperature NMR spectroscopy is used to demonstrate the presence of aurophilic interactions in solution for Aul(PTP)Aul. Dual emission is observed for AuCl(PTP)AuCl in solution and is attributed to emission from both monomer and dimer. In the solid state, dimer emission is dominant. The iodo analogue, Aul(PTP)Aul, shows only low energy dimer emission in both solution and the solid state. Compounds in which the ligands contain longer bridges (either bithienyl or terthienyl) show absorption and emission bands due to the pi-pi{*} transition only, both in solution and the solid state.