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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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The article was received on 29 Oct 2004, accepted on 30 Nov 2004 and first published on 10 Jan 2005

Article type: Emerging Area
DOI: 10.1039/B416516K
Org. Biomol. Chem., 2005,3, 387-391

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    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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