Gold(I) sulfide

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Gold(I) sulfide
Gold(I) sulfide unit cell
IUPAC name
Gold(I) sulfide
Other names
Aurous sulfide
ECHA InfoCard 100.013.749
Molar mass 425.998 g/mol
Related compounds
Other anions
Copper(I) sulfide
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Gold(I) sulfide is the inorganic compound with the formula Au2S. It is one of two principal sulfides of gold, the other being gold(III) sulfide, Au2S3. Gold sulfides exist in nature as solid solutions with silver, which has the same covalent radius.

Structure and preparation[edit]

The compound crystallizes in the motif seen for cuprous oxide: gold is 2-coordinate, sulfur 4-coordinate, and the S-Au-S linkage is linear.[1] Linear coordination geometry is typically adopted by gold(I) compounds, such as the coordination complex chloro(dimethyl sulfide)gold(I).

It can be prepared by treating gold chloride with hydrogen sulfide[2] It also arises by treating dicyanoaurate:

H2S + 2 KAu(CN)2 → Au2S + 2 KCN + 2 HCN

This product is described as "initially dark reddish-brown" solid that turns "steel-gray".[3]


  1. ^ Wells, A.F. (1984) Structural Inorganic Chemistry, Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 0-19-855370-6.
  2. ^ N. N. Greenwood, A. Earnshaw, Chemistry of the Elements, 2nd ed., Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, UK, 1997.
  3. ^ Faltens, Marjorie O. (1970). "Mössbauer Spectroscopy of Gold Compounds". The Journal of Chemical Physics. 53 (11): 4249. Bibcode:1970JChPh..53.4249F. doi:10.1063/1.1673931.