The intra- and interionic structures of a mononuclear phosphine gold(I) alkyne complex [(PAr(3)(F))Au(2-hexyne)]BF(4) [1BF4; Ar(F) = 3,5-bis(trifluoromethyl)phenyl] and its analogous complex [(NHC)Au- (2-hexyne)]BF(4) [2BF(4); NHC = 1,3-bis(dilsopropylphenyl)imidazol-2-ylidene] have been investigated by combining 1D and 20 multinuclear NMR spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations. It has been found that alkyne in 1BF(4) is depleted of its electron density to a greater extent than that in 2BF(4). This correlates with the Delta delta((13)C) NMR of the carbon carbon triple bond. Instead, 2BF(4) is much more "kinetically stable" than 1BF(4). (19)F-(1)H HOESY NMR experiments indicate that the counterion locates close to the gold atom in 1BF(4) (differently from that previously observed in the few other gold(I) ion pairs studied), exactly where the computed Coulomb potential indicates that partial positive charge accumulates.
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