The Elusive Au(I)H-O Hydrogen Bond: Experimental Verification.
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Our long-standing interest in atypical bonding situations has recently led us to target complexes in which a metallobasic gold(I) center is hydrogen-bonded to a nearby OH functionality. Here, we report on the synthesis and characterization of two neutral gold(I) indazol-3-ylidene complexes bearing a carbinol or silanol group at the 4-position. As indicated by X-ray diffraction, 1H NMR spectroscopy, IR spectroscopy, and extensive computational modeling, the OH group of these derivatives is engaged in a bona fide AuH-O interaction. In addition to shedding light on an elusive bonding situation, these results also indicate that increasing the acidity of the OH functionality is not necessarily beneficial to the stability of the Au(I)H-O interaction.