Golden carousel in catalysis: The cationic gold/propargylic ester cycle

Andrea Correa*, Nicolas Marion, Louis Fensterbank, Max Malacria, Steven P. Nolan, Luigi Cavallo

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(Figure Presented) Round and round it goes: Propargylic esters are versatile substrates for Au-based catalysts. However, under typical conditions the starting Au-coordinated propargylic ester 1 is in rapid equilibrium with the gold vinylic carbenoid species 2 and with gold allene species 3. A number of factors dictate which intermediate is lower in energy and which type of products form.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)718-721
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Alkynes
  • Allenes
  • Density functional calculations
  • Gold
  • Homogeneous catalysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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