Unequivocal Experimental Evidence of the Relationship between Emission Energies and Aurophilic Interactions

  1. Blake, A.J. 1
  2. Donamaría, R. 12
  3. Lippolis, V. 3
  4. López-De-Luzuriaga, J.M. 2
  5. Monge, M. 2
  6. Olmos, M.E. 2
  7. Seal, A. 1
  8. Weinstein, J.A. 4
  1. 1 University of Nottingham

    University of Nottingham

    Nottingham, Reino Unido

  2. 2 Universidad de La Rioja

    Universidad de La Rioja

    Logroño, España

  3. 3 University of Cagliari

    University of Cagliari

    Cagliari, Italia

  4. 4 University of Sheffield

    University of Sheffield

    Sheffield, Reino Unido

Inorganic Chemistry

ISSN: 1520-510X

Year of publication: 2019

Volume: 58

Number: 8

Pages: 4954-4961

Type: Article

Exportar: RIS
DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.8b03621 PMID: 30794397 SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-85064435999
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In this paper, we describe experimental evidence of a change in the emission energy as a function of the Au-Au distance. We have employed a luminescent complex exhibiting an aurophilic interaction, which is weak enough to allow its length to be modified by external pressure but rigid enough to confer structural stability on the complex. By determining the crystal structures and emission characteristics over a range of pressures, we have identified an exponential relationship between the energy of the emitted light and the metal-metal distances under pressure. This result can be indirectly related to the repulsive branch of the fitted function representing the energy of the system in the ground state at different Au-Au distances. The relativistic nature of gold appears to play an important role in the behavior of this complex.

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