The reaction of N,N′-bis(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)imidazol-2-ylidene gold hydroxide ([Au(OH)(IPr)]; 1) with acetylene and trimethylsilylacetylene derivatives cleanly leads to the formation of a gold-acetylide bond with the concomitant formation of water or trimethylsilanol. All compounds were isolated in high yield (>85%). The crystal structures of selected gold acetylides in conjunction with their UV-vis absorption/emission properties were investigated. Finally, DFT calculations were performed in an attempt to gain an insight into the mechanism of the general reaction.
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- Inorganic Chemistry