University Chemistry ›› 2017, Vol. 32 ›› Issue (2): 79-88.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX201603011

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Aurophilicity in Gold (Ⅰ) Species

Yi-Fu OUYANG,Chang LIU*(),Hang YU,Le-Fei YU   

  • Published:2017-02-11
  • Contact: Chang LIU


In the 1980s, interaction between gold atoms in gold (Ⅰ) species was discovered, which is afterwards named "aurophilicity". Based on in-depth researches conducted on these compounds, chemists are able to explain the reason for formation, the interacting mechanism and the theoretical foundation of them. This article reviews on the discovery of "aurophilicity", its historical development with typical examples, and its fresh applications in branches of physics and chemistry.

Key words: Aurophilicity, Electron correlation, Phosphorescence, Nonlinear optics