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Keywords:

  • gold;
  • heterogeneous catalysis;
  • homogeneous catalysis;
  • hydrosilylation;
  • supported catalysts
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Worth their weight in gold: Au/CeO2 nanoparticles are a highly active catalyst for the hydrosilylation of a large variety of unsaturated compounds with high chemo- and regioselectivity. To understand the nature of the catalytic active sites, AuI and AuIII phosphine-free stable organogold complexes and their supported counterparts were prepared and their relative activity towards hydrosilylation was elucidated.