Chloro(dimethyl sulfide)gold(I)

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Chloro(dimethyl sulfide)gold(I)
structural formula of the title molecule
ball-and-stick model of the molecule derived from the crystal structure
29892-37-3 YesY
ChemSpider 4809153
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PubChem 6100873
Molar mass 294.55 g·mol−1
Irritant Xi
R-phrases R36/37/38
S-phrases S26-S36
Related compounds
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Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Chloro(dimethyl sulfide)gold(I) is a coordination complex of gold. It is a white solid. This compound is a common entry point into gold chemistry.


As for many other gold(I) complexes, the compound adopts a nearly linear (176.9°) geometry about the central gold centre. The Au-S bond distance is 2.271(2) Å, which is similar to other gold(I)-sulfur bonds.[1]


Chloro(dimethyl sulfide)gold(I) is commercially available. It may be prepared by dissolving gold in aqua regia (to give chloroauric acid), followed by addition of dimethyl sulfide.[2] Alternatively, sodium tetrachloroaurate may be used as the source of gold(III).[3] The bromo analog, Me2SAuBr, has also been synthesized by a similar route.[4] An approximate equation is:

HAuCl4 + 2 SMe2 + H2O → Me2SAuCl + 3 HCl + OSMe2


In chloro(dimethyl sulfide)gold(I), the dimethyl sulfide ligand is easily displaced by other ligands:

Me2SAuCl + L → LAuCl + Me2S (L = ligand)

Since Me2S is volatile, the new complex LAuCl is often easily purified.

When exposed to light and air, the compound decomposes to elemental gold.


  1. ^ P. G. Jones and J. Lautner (1988). "Chloro(dimethyl sulfide)gold(I)". Acta Crystallogr. C. 44 (12): 2089–2091. doi:10.1107/S0108270188009151. 
  2. ^ Marie-Claude Brandys , Michael C. Jennings and Richard J. Puddephatt (2000). "Luminescent gold(I) macrocycles with diphosphine and 4,4-bipyridyl ligands". J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans. (24): 4601–4606. doi:10.1039/b005251p. 
  3. ^ Nishina, Naoko; Yamamoto, Yoshinori (2007). "Gold-Catalyzed Intermolecular Hydroamination of Allenes: First Example of the Use of an Aliphatic Amine in Hydroamination". Synlett. 2007 (11): 1767. doi:10.1055/s-2007-984501. 
  4. ^ Hickey, James L.; Ruhayel, Rasha A.; Barnard, Peter J.; Baker, Murray V.; Berners-Price, Susan J.; Filipovska, Aleksandra (2008). "Mitochondria-Targeted Chemotherapeutics: The Rational Design of Gold(I)N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes That Are Selectively Toxic to Cancer Cells and Target Protein Selenols in Preference to Thiols". J. Am. Chem. Soc. 130 (38): 12570–1. doi:10.1021/ja804027j. PMID 18729360.