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Gold(0) Nanoparticles for Selective Catalytic Diboration


  • This work was supported by CTQ2007-60442/BQU and Consolider Ingenio2010 CSD-0003.


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Going with gold: Gold(0) nanoparticles stabilized with the diphosphine ligand binap mediate the catalytic diboration of styrene, resulting in complete formation of the bis(boronate)ester product. The gold(0) catalytic mechanism can involve base-assisted heterolytic cleavage of diboron reagents followed by the transmetalation step.