Green-Light-Driven Reductive Elimination of Chlorine from a Carbene-Xanthylium Gold(III) Complex. Academic Article uri icon


  • With the discovery of late transition metal platforms that support clean photoreductive halogen eliminations, we now describe an indazol-3-ylidene gold trichloride complex ([7]+ ) decorated at the 4-position by a xanthylium unit. This orange complex features a low energy band in the visible part of the spectrum, assigned to the charge transfer excitation of the indazol-3-ylidene/xanthylium donor/acceptor dyad. Green-light irradiation of this complex in the presence of a chlorine trap elicits the clean photoelimination of chlorine radicals, producing the corresponding gold(I) complex. This visible-light-induced photoreduction is very efficient, reaching quantum yields close to 10%. A neutral analog of [7]+ featuring an anthryl group rather than a xanthylium unit proved to be perfectly photostable, supporting the importance of the xanthylium-based photoredox unit present in [7]+ .

published proceedings

  • Angew Chem Int Ed Engl

altmetric score

  • 6.85

author list (cited authors)

  • Park, G., Karimi, M., Liu, W., & Gabbai, F. P.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Park, Gyeongjin||Karimi, Mohammadjavad||Liu, Wei-Chun||Gabbaiï, François P

publication date

  • August 2022