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Keywords:

  • chemoselectivity;
  • gold;
  • nitro compounds;
  • reduction;
  • sustainable chemistry
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Taking hydrogen from water: Gold catalysis enabled the selective reduction of nitro compounds under very mild conditions with a combination of H2O and CO as the reductant (see scheme). This environmentally friendly reaction proceeded in high yield and with high chemoselectivity in the presence of a wide range of functional groups.