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White phosphorus as a ligand for the coinage metals

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  • Laura C. Forfar
  • Timothy J. Clark
  • Michael Green
  • Stephen M. Mansell
  • Christopher A. Russell
  • Rajashekharayya A. Sanguramath
  • John M. Slattery


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JournalChemical Communications
DatePublished - 14 Feb 2012
Issue number14
Number of pages3
Pages (from-to)1970-1972
Original languageEnglish


Reaction of equimolar quantities of MX (M = Au, Cu, X = Cl; M = Ag, X = OTf) and GaCl3 in CH2Cl2 with P-4 leads to phosphorus ligating a cationic coinage metal centre. For Cu and Ag, ion-contacted coordination polymers are formed; for Au, an ion-separated complex is observed that features the [ Au(g eta(2)-P-4)(2)](+) cation, which is the first homoleptic Au-P-4 complex to be characterised in the condensed phase.

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