Gold-acetonyl complexes: from side-products to valuable synthons

Danila Gasperini, Alba Collado-Martinez, Adrian Gomez Suarez, David Bradford Cordes, Alexandra Martha Zoya Slawin, Steven Patrick Nolan

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A new synthetic strategy was devised leading to the formation of complexes, such as [Au(IPr)(CH2COCH3)]. The approach capitalizes on the formation of a decomposition product observed in the course of the synthesis of [Au(IPr)(Cl)]. A library of gold acetonyl complexes containing the most common N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands has been synthesized. These acetonyl complexes are good synthons for the preparation of numerous organogold complexes. Moreover, they have proven to be precatalysts in common gold(I)-catalyzed reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5403-5412
Number of pages10
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number14
Early online date20 Feb 2015
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2015


  • Gold
  • Acetonyl
  • N-heterocyclic carbene
  • Organogold complexes
  • Catalysis
  • Carbenes
  • Organogold
  • Homogeneous catalysis


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