An element through the looking glass: Exploring the Au-C, Au-H and Au-O energy landscape

Dragos-Adrian Rosca, Joseph Wright, Manfred Bochmann

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Gold, the archetypal “noble metal”, used to be considered of little interest in catalysis. It is now clear that this was a misconception, and a multitude of gold-catalysed transformations has been reported. However, one consequence of the long-held view of gold as inert metal is that its organometallic chemistry contains many “unknowns”, and catalytic cycles devised to explain gold's reactivity draw largely on analogies with other transition metals. How realistic are such mechanistic assumptions? In the last few years a number of key compound classes have been discovered that can provide some answers. This Perspective attempts to summarise these developments, with particular emphasis on recently discovered gold(III) complexes with bonds to hydrogen, oxygen, alkenes and CO ligands.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20785-20807
Number of pages23
JournalDalton Transactions
Early online date13 Nov 2015
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2015

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