Gold Bulletin

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 3-10

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The aurophilicity phenomenon: A decade of experimental findings, theoretical concepts and emerging applications

  • Hubert SchmidbaurAffiliated withAnorganisch-chemisches Institut, Technische Universität München


The term ‘aurophilicity’ was introduced in 1989 to describe phenomena in the structural chemistry of gold which could not be readily rationalized by conventional concepts of chemical bonding. In the following decade the aurophilicity concept has been widely applied and supported by the results of many experimental as well as theoretical studies. It will be carried over into the new millennium as a continued incentive for investigations that will help in the understanding of the unique properties of gold.