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Ionic complexes between gold and C60 have been observed for the first time. Cations and anions of the type [Au(C60)2]+/- are shown to have particular stability. Calculations suggest that these ions adopt a C60-Au-C60 sandwich-like (dumbbell) structure, which is reminiscent of [XAuX]+/- ions previously observed for much smaller ligands. The [Au(C60)2]+/- ions can be regarded as Au(I) complexes, regardless of whether the net charge is positive or negative, but in both cases, the charge transfer between the Au and C60 is incomplete, most likely because of a covalent contribution to the Au-C60 binding. The C60-Au-C60 dumbbell structure represents a new architecture in fullerene chemistry that might be replicable in synthetic nanostructures. ©

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