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Keywords:

  • allenes;
  • cycloisomerization;
  • density functional calculations;
  • gold;
  • homogeneous catalysis
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Activation of allenes toward nucleophilic attack by gold complexes ([Au], see scheme) often proceeds with axis-to-center chirality transfer. The stereochemical information is shown to be maintained in not only η2 allene complexes, but also in bent η1 allene complexes.