Acylseleno- and acylthioureato complexes of gold(i) N-heterocyclic carbenes†
A series of gold(I) N-heterocyclic carbene complexes containing monoanionic acylchalcogenourea (chalcogen = S, Se) ligands was prepared and characterised by various spectroscopic methods and X-ray diffraction. The compounds were conveniently accessible in good yields through a one-pot reaction involving [AuCl(tht)] (tht = tetrahydrothiophene), the imidazolium salt and the acylchalcogenourea in the presence of excess base. The X-ray diffraction experiments showed that in these complexes, the normally chelating ligands adopt the rare κS/Se-coordination mode in which only the chalcogen is bound to gold.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Selenium & Tellurium chemistry at the beginning of the 3rd millennium: a celebration of ICCST