• Axially chiral benzimidazolium based silver(I) and gold(I) bis-NHC complexes of R-BINOL scaffold: synthesis, characterization and DFT studies

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      Chiral bis-N-heterocyclic carbene ligand; Ag(I)complex; Au(I)complex; computational study; electronic property.

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      The axially chiral ligand of R-BINOL scaffold was synthesized by a series of manipulations which involved different chemical reactions to obtain the desired sliver(I) and gold(I) {[L(L' -NHC) ₂]M}Cl (L = 3,3' -dimethyl-2,2' -dimethoxy-1,1' -binaphthyl, L' = i-propyl-benzo[d]imidazole) (M =Ag and Au)complexes. Enantiopure R-BINOL was employed as a basic unit to synthesize a benzimidazole based bis- NHC ligand 1g which was obtained through the formation of different intermediate 1(a-f) compounds. The newly synthesized bis-NHC ligand precursor (1g) and its corresponding {[L(L' -NHC) ₂]Ag}Cl (1h) and {[L(L' _-NHC) ₂]Au}Cl (1i) complexes were characterized by different spectroscopic techniques. The geometries of the optimized structure of the complexes 1h and 1i were computed at the B3LYP/SDD, 6-31G(d) level. Lowtemperature fluorescence spectroscopic studies did not show any evidence for the weak metal-metal interaction in these complexes.

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