Gold-Acetonyl Complexes: From Side-Products to Valuable Synthons

Danila Gasperini, Alba Collado, Adrian Goméz-Suàrez, David Cordes, Alexandra M.z. Slawin, Steven P. 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 pages9
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number14
Early online date20 Feb 2015
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2015


  • gold
  • acetonyl

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Gasperini, D., Collado, A., Goméz-Suàrez, A., Cordes, D., Slawin, A. M. Z., & Nolan, S. P. (2015). Gold-Acetonyl Complexes: From Side-Products to Valuable Synthons. Chemistry - A European Journal, 21(14), 5403-5412.