Synthesis, crystal structures, and characterization of double complex salts [Au(en)2][Rh(NO2)6]·2H2O and [Au(en)2][Rh(NO2)6]

Pavel E. Plyusnin, Evgenia V. Makotchenko, Yury V. Shubin, Iraida A. Baidina, Ilya V. Korolkov, Liliya A. Sheludyakova, Sergey V. Korenev

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Double complex salts of rhodium(III) and gold(III) of the composition [Au(en)2][Rh(NO2)6]·2H2O (1) and [Au(en)2][Rh(NO2)6] (2) have been prepared. Crystal structures of the compounds have been determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. The compounds have been characterized by PXRD, IR, far-IR, CHN and DTA. The complexes have a layered structures. The presence of water in 1 makes the structure of the hydrated DCS less dense as compared to the anhydrous one. The environment of the cation and the anion in the two structures is the same, oxygen atoms of the nitro groups are involved in hydrogen bonds N-HO, NO distances being approximately the same. The structures of 1 and 2 are notable in having shortened contacts between the gold atoms and the oxygen atoms of the nitro groups of the neighboring complex anions. The thermal behavior of the complexes in a hydrogen atmosphere was investigated. The final product of thermolysis prepared at the temperature 600°C is a two-phase mixture of pure metallic gold and the solid solution Rh0.93Au0.07.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-179
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Molecular Structure
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2015


  • Double complex salts
  • Gold
  • Rhodium
  • Thermal analysis
  • X-ray structural analysis

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