Expedient Syntheses of Neutral and Cationic Au(I)-NHC Complexes

Danila Gasperini, Richard M. P. Veenboer, Fady Nahra, David Cordes, Alexandra M.z. Slawin, Catherine S. J. Cazin, Steven P. Nolan

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The synthesis and isolation of gold(I) precatalysts often requires the generation of several isolable intermediates as well as numerous purification steps. New protocols for the expedient synthesis of neutral [Au(OH)(NHC)] and [Au(CH2COCH3)(NHC)] species from [AuCl(NHC)] or [AuCl(DMS)] precursors bearing a variety of N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands are presented. These methods can be employed in a telescoping manner for the synthesis of catalytically relevant [Au(NTf2)(NHC)] and [Au(NHC)(NCCH3)][BF4] complexes. These attractive methods are straightforward and practical leading to various complexes in high isolated yields and purity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3645-3653
Number of pages9
Issue number18
Early online date8 Sept 2017
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sept 2017


  • NHC
  • gold


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