Structural studies of lanthanide ion complexes of pure gold, pure silver and mixed metal (gold-silver) dicyanides.

Dalton transactions (Cambridge, England : 2003)

PubMedID: 15702177

Colis JC, Larochelle C, Staples R, Herbst-Irmer R, Patterson H. Structural studies of lanthanide ion complexes of pure gold, pure silver and mixed metal (gold-silver) dicyanides. Dalton Trans. 2005;(4):675-9.
Crystal structures of four lanthanide complexes of La[Au(CN)2](3).3H2O, La[Ag(CN)2](3).3H2O, La[Ag(0.83)Au(0.17)(CN)2](3).3H2O, and La[Ag(0.39)Au(0.61)(CN)2](3).3H2O are reported. Studies reveal that all the structures reported are isostructural. All systems were found to be in the hexagonal crystal system, space group P6(3)/mcm. The metal-metal distance for the pure gold system is 3.332 (1) A versus 3.359(1) A for the pure silver system. The mixed-metal systems have shown no distinct differences in the location of the metal atoms, with the La[Ag(0.83)Au(0.17)(CN)2](3).3H2O complex having a metal-metal Ag-Au separation of 3.346(1) A, and 3.344(1) A for the La[Ag(0.39)Au(0.61)(CN)2](3).3H2O complex. The crystal structures of the pure and mixed La complexes have been solved to provide evidence of Ag-Au heterometallic interactions and as a basis for understanding the interesting optical properties of the systems.