Special Issue "Frontiers in Gold Chemistry"


A special issue of Inorganics (ISSN 2304-6740).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Ahmed A. Mohamed
Department of Chemistry, Delaware State University, 1200 N DuPont Highway, Dover, Delaware 19901, USA
E-Mail: amohamed@desu.edu
Phone: +302 857 6531
Interests: Synthesis of gold complexes; optical properties of gold complexes; gold-carbon nanoparticles and thin films; mechanism of gold catalysis; antifouling properties of gold-carbon nanoparticles and gold thiolate complexes in rheumatoid arthritis treatment

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Antonio Laguna
Departamento de Quimica Inorganica, ICMA, Universidad de Zaragoza-CSIC, Pedro Cerbuna 12, 50009-Zaragoza, Spain
E-Mail: alaguna@unizar.es
Phone: +3 497 67 61185
Interests: synthesis and characterization of gold and silver complexes; structural, optical and medical properties of gold and silver derivatives, cyclo- and polyhosphazene derivatives

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The chemistry of the Sleeping Beauty gold has attracted interest in basic chemistry and applications. Why is gold so attractive? Gold complexes have shown applications in volatile organic compound sensors, liquid crystal displays, optical limiting diodes, surface modification, and rheumatoid arthritis treatment. Gold has served as the main initiative in nanotechnology applications in catalysis, cancer detection, and energy conversion. Aurophilic bonding, which reproduces the attractive forces between the gold atoms, has imparted unique properties in gold chemistry and probably is the foundation of the unique electronic and optoelectronic properties of gold. This Special Issue focuses on recent advances in gold chemistry toward synthesis and applications in the optical, medical, nanotechnological, and catalytic fields.

Dr. Ahmed A. Mohamed
Prof. Dr. Antonio Laguna
Guest Editors


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  • Synthesis of gold complexes
  • gold nanoparticles;
  • optical properties of gold complexes;
  • theoretical calculations involving gold;
  • medical applications of gold;
  • materials chemistry of gold;
  • catalysis using gold

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Inorganics 2015, 3(1), 1-18; doi:10.3390/inorganics3010001
Received: 15 October 2014 / Accepted: 11 December 2014 / Published: 31 December 2014
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Inorganics 2014, 2(4), 660-673; doi:10.3390/inorganics2040660
Received: 13 October 2014 / Revised: 13 November 2014 / Accepted: 14 November 2014 / Published: 10 December 2014
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Inorganics 2014, 2(4), 540-551; doi:10.3390/inorganics2040540
Received: 20 August 2014 / Revised: 10 September 2014 / Accepted: 11 September 2014 / Published: 8 October 2014
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Inorganics 2014, 2(3), 433-454; doi:10.3390/inorganics2030433
Received: 10 June 2014 / Revised: 16 July 2014 / Accepted: 17 July 2014 / Published: 6 August 2014
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Inorganics 2014, 2(3), 424-432; doi:10.3390/inorganics2030424
Received: 2 June 2014 / Revised: 16 July 2014 / Accepted: 18 July 2014 / Published: 4 August 2014
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Review
Title: Gold Liquid Crystals in the XXI Century
Manuel Bardají
IU Cinquima/Química Inorgánica, Facultad de Ciencias, Paseo de Belen 7, E-47071-Valladolid, Spain; E-Mail: bardaji@qi.uva.es
: Since the first gold liquid crystal was described in 1986, much effort has been done to prepare new compounds bearing this property. The review deals with the last results obtained in this new century. Gold(I) has a strong affinity to give linear co-ordination and metal-metal interactions, which produce a rich supramolecular chemistry, and can promote the behavior as liquid crystal. Therefore, most liquid crystals are based on rod-like gold(I) compounds, while gold(III) liquid crystals are scarce. Calamitic and discotic mesogens have been reported, as well as chiral liquid crystals. Weak interactions as H-bonds have also been used to obtain gold mesogens. Some of them exhibit additional properties such as color, luminescence, and chirality. Luminescence has been reported not only in the solid state or in solution, but also in the mesophase. This is relevant for applications in LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes), information storage and sensors.
gold; liquid crystals; metallomesogens; isocyanide; calamitic; luminescence

Title: Reactivity of Mononuclear and Dinuclear Gold(I) Amidinate Complexes with CS2
and CsBr3
Authors: Andrew C. Lane, Charles L. Barnes, and Justin R. Walensky
Affiliations: Department of Chemistry, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211-7600, USA;
E-Mail: walenskyj@missouri.edu; Tel.: +1-573-882-0608; Fax: +1-573-882-2754.
Abstract: To probe the reactivity of gold-nitrogen bonds, we have examined insertion chemistry with carbon disulfide as well as oxidation with cesium tribromide. The reaction of Ph3PAuCl with Na[(2,6-Me2C6H3N)2C(H)] yields the mononuclear, two-coordinate gold(I) complex, Ph3PAu[κ1-(2,6-Me2C6H3N)2C(H)], 1. The reactivity of 1 with CS2 and CsBr3 produced a mononuclear Au(I) compound, Ph3PAu{κ1-S2C[(2,6-Me2C6H3N)2C(H)]}, 2, and a Au(III) complex, Ph3PAu[κ1-(2,6-Me2C6H3N)2C(H)](Br)2, 3, respectively. We also examined the reactivity of CS2 and CsBr3 with the previously reported dinuclear Au(I) amidinate complex, Au2[(2,6-Me2C6H3N)2C(H)]2, 4. Carbon disulfide insertion with 4 produces a polymeric product, Aun[CS2(2,6-Me2C6H3NC(H)=NC6H3Me2)]n, 5, which shows a dinuclear core with linking aurophilic interactions.  When CsBr3 is reacted with 4 the Au(II,II) product is obtained, Au2[(2,6-Me2C6H3N)2C(H)]2(Br)2, 6. 
Keywords: Gold; triphenylphosphine; insertion; carbon disulfide; oxidation

Type of Paper: Article
PGSE NMR measurements of cationic linear gold(I) complexes
Gianluca Ciancaleoni, Luca Biasiolo, Leonardo Belpassi and Daniele Zuccaccia *
Dipartimento di Chimica, Fisica e Ambiente, Università di Udine, Via Cotonificio 108, I-33100 Udine, Italy; E-Mail: amil daniele.zuccaccia@uniud.it
Gold(I) cationic complexes are successfully employed as catalysts in a large variety of organic reactions involving the activation of unsaturated carbon-carbon bonds. A key role in such reactions could be played by the counterion; recent papers show that the anion can influence the yield, the regio- and stereo- selectivity of a catalyst. It was also observed that the anion influences the structure of the catalyst but the detailed explanation of the anion effect is complicated and its role is very difficult to study.  In this contribution, PSGE NMR measurements are conducted on cationic linear gold complexes bearing different L ligands (PR3, NHC, NAC,
alkene, alkyne) in order to study the level of aggregation and the percentage of the ion pairs as a function of concentration, solvent and ligand.
gold, NMR, DFT, PGSE

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