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Chiral N-heterocyclic Carbene Gold Complexes: Synthesis and Applications in Catalysis

Institute of Organic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kasprzaka 44/52, 01-224 Warsaw, Poland
NanoVelos S.A., Rakowiecka 36, 02-532 Warsaw, Poland
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Catalysts 2019, 9(11), 890;
Received: 3 October 2019 / Revised: 21 October 2019 / Accepted: 22 October 2019 / Published: 25 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue N‐Heterocyclic Carbenes and Their Complexes in Catalysis)
N-Heterocyclic carbenes have found many applications in modern metal catalysis, due to the formation of stable metal complexes, and organocatalysis. Among a myriad of N-heterocyclic carbene metal complexes, gold complexes have gained a lot of attention due to their unique propensity for the activation of carbon-carbon multiple bonds, allowing many useful transformations of alkynes, allenes, and alkenes, inaccessible by other metal complexes. The present review summarizes synthetic efforts towards the preparation of chiral N-heterocyclic gold(I) complexes exhibiting C2 and C1 symmetry, as well as their applications in enantioselective catalysis. Finally, the emerging area of rare gold(III) complexes and their preliminary usage in asymmetric catalysis is also presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: chiral N-heterocyclic crabene; gold complexes; asymmetric catalysis chiral N-heterocyclic crabene; gold complexes; asymmetric catalysis
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Michalak, M.; Kośnik, W. Chiral N-heterocyclic Carbene Gold Complexes: Synthesis and Applications in Catalysis. Catalysts 2019, 9, 890.

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