Metathesis Reactions between Heavy d-8 Fluorides and I(III)–Pyridine Complexes Academic Article uri icon


  • The reaction between trans-[AuF2(pyridine)2]+ and [PhI(pyridine)2]2+ results in the formation of PhIF2 and [Au(pyridine)4]3+. Investigation of the reaction pathway using model Pd and Pt analogues of the gold complex indicate that the most likely mechanism is attack by the Au-F onto the I(III), rather than a redox process. This demonstrates that the Au(III)-F fragment can behave in a nucleophilic manner even in a relatively electron-poor cationic complex.

publication date

  • March 2, 2020