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Issue 3, 2005
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The golden gate to catalysis

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The use of gold in homogeneous catalysis is a relatively new field of transition metal catalysis, but has already witnessed spectacular achievements. By virtue of their unique ability to activate carbon–carbon double and triple bonds as soft, carbophilic Lewis acids, gold salts are highly efficient catalysts for the formation of C–C, C–O, C–N, and C–S bonds. Moreover, they are capable of activating C–H bonds of aromatic and other substrates, opening unprecedented pathways for their functionalisation. By using chiral allenes as substrates, gold catalysts can even be applied in stereoselective target-oriented synthesis.

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29 Oct 2004
30 Nov 2004
First published
10 Jan 2005

Org. Biomol. Chem., 2005,3, 387-391
Article type
Emerging Area

The golden gate to catalysis

A. Hoffmann-Röder and N. Krause, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2005, 3, 387
DOI: 10.1039/B416516K

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