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Keywords:

  • cyclization;
  • gold;
  • metallacycles;
  • metal–metal interactions;
  • self-assembly
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Lord of the golden rings: A giant, crown-like Au36 ring aggregate with continuous metal–metal contacts (see picture; gold(I) centers are in ball and stick representation) is formed by an AuI⋅⋅⋅AuI bonding interaction directed self-assembly.