Gold-catalysed C–F bond activation
C–F bond activation is attractive but challenging to access functional fluorinated molecules, complementary to direct fluorination. Transition metal-catalysed C–F bond derivation has been greatly developed to address the challenges. Despite of the diversity of transition metal catalysts, gold compounds have been overlooked in C–F bond activation. In this review, we summarized our work on gold-catalysed C–F bond activation, including the reactivities of gold complexes, the reaction mechanisms, and some features of gold catalysis in the context of organometallic fluorine chemistry.