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A simple halide and silver-free synthesis of Echavarren's catalyst directly from gold powder

Albayer, Mohammad; Corbo, Robert; Hill, Anthony; Dutton, Jason L


An expedient procedure is reported for the preparation of the synthetically valuable Au(I) complex [Au(MeCN)(PtBu2C6H4Ph-2)][BF4] (Echavarren's catalyst) directly from gold powder using [NO][BF4] in acetonitrile. The synthetic method obviates the potential presence of silver or halide impurities that follow from the tedious conventional synthesis, and have otherwise been shown to moderate catalyst performance.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Dalton Transactions
DOI: 10.1039/C7DT04494A
Access Rights: Open Access


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