Gold halide

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Gold halides are compounds of gold with the halogens.


AuCl, AuBr, and AuI are all crystalline solids with a structure containing alternating linear chains: ..-X-Au-X-Au-X-Au-X-... The X-Au-X angle is less than 180°.[1]

The monomeric AuF molecule has been detected in the gas phase.[2]


Gold triiodide does not exist or is unstable.[3]

Gold(III) fluoride, AuF3, has a unique polymeric helical structure, containing corner-sharing {AuF4} squares.


Gold(V) fluoride, AuF5, is the only known example of gold in the +5 oxidation state. It most commonly occurs as the dimer Au2F10.


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  3. ^ Schulz, A., & Hargittai, M. (2001), "Structural variations and bonding in gold halides: A quantum chemical study of monomeric and dimeric gold monohalide and gold trihalide molecules, AuX, Au2X2, AuX3, and Au2X6 (X = F, Cl, Br, I)", Chemistry - A European Journal, 7 (17): 3657–3670, doi:10.1002/1521-3765(20010903)7:17<3657::aid-chem3657>;2-q, PMID 11575767CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)